Animal Species:Ocellate Pipefish, Corythoichthys ocellatus Herald, 1953

The Ocellate Pipefish can be recognised by the pupil-sized orange spots on the body and tail.

Standard Common Name

Ocellate Pipefish

Alternative Name/s

It has also been called the Orange-spotted Pipefish.

Identification

The Ocellate Pipefish can be recognised by the pupil-sized orange spots on the body and tail.

Size range

It grows to about 12 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs in the Western Pacific region.

In Australia it is known from the northern to southern Great Barrier Reef.

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 ocellatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Ocellate Pipefish specimens in the Australian Museums.

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Habitat

It is found in coral reef and inshore marine waters.

Classification

Species:
ocellatus
Genus:
Corythoichthys
Family:
Syngnathidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  • Dawson, C.E. 1985. Indo-Pacific Pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA. Pp. 230.
  • Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Seahorses, Pipefishes and their Relatives. A Comprehensive Guide to Syngnathiformes. TMC Publishing Pp. 240.
  • Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.


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Tags orange, spots, 10 cm - 30 cm, coral reef, marine,