Animal Species:Messmate Pipefish, Corythoichthys intestinalis (Ramsay, 1881)

The Messmate Pipefish is a tropical species that occurs in the Indo-west Pacific region.

Standard Common Name

Messmate Pipefish

Alternative Name/s

Australian Messmate Pipefish, Banded Pipefish, Messmate Pipe-fish, Waite's Pipe-fish, Dragonface Pipefish

Identification

The species can be recognised by its white colouration with a series of brown bars and fine, wavy, dark lines.

Size range

16 cm

Distribution

It is known from tropical marine waters of the Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it occurs in tropical waters of Western Australia and Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Corythoichthys intestinalis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Messmate Pipefish specimens in Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
intestinalis
Genus:
Corythoichthys
Family:
Syngnathidae
Order:
Gasterosteiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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