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  Schultz's Pipefish (Corythoichthys schultzi)





Schultz's Pipefish | Corythoichthys schultzi photo
Schultz's Pipefish

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Schultz's Pipefish | Corythoichthys schultzi photo
Schultz's Pipefish

Image by Steve Childs - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



SCHULTZ'S PIPEFISH FACTS

Description
Schultz's Pipefish is a long slender fish with whitish body covered in small black, brown and reddish dashes. The snout is long and slender and a caudal fin is present. During the breeding season, males have a pouch on the belly in which they carry the developing young. The young pipefish are similar to adults.

Size
length to 16cm

Habitat
rocky and rubble areas near coral reefs. It is also seen around sea fans. Found at depths from 1m to 30m.

Breeding
The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch under the tail

Range
Schultz's Pipefish is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific region, from the Red Sea, north to the Japan, throughout Micronesia, south to Australia and east to Tonga. In Australia it found from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and along the length of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Syngnathiformes
Family:Syngnathidae
Genus:Corythoichthys
Species:schultzi
Common Name:Schultz's Pipefish

Relatives in same Genus
  Ocellate Pipefish (C. ocellatus)