Animal Species:Schultz's Pipefish, Corythoichthys schultzi (Herald, 1953)

Schultz's Pipefish has a whitish body that is covered in small black, brown and reddish dashes. The snout is long and slender and a caudal fin is present. Male and female Schultz's Pipefish are easy to tell apart when they are breeding. During breeding males have a pouch on the belly in which they carry the developing young (see top image). Males give birth to young pipefish that resemble adults.

Schultz's Pipefish, Corythoichthys schultzi

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Standard Common Name

Schultz's Pipefish

Identification

Schultz's Pipefish has a whitish body that is covered in small black, brown and reddish dashes. The snout is long and slender and a caudal fin is present.

Male and female Schultz's Pipefish are easy to tell apart when they are breeding. During breeding males have a pouch on the belly in which they carry the developing young (see top image). Males give birth to young pipefish that resemble adults.

Size range

The species grows to 16 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs 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 Schultz's Pipefish is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, 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 schultzi

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Shultz's Pipefish specimens in the Australian Museums.

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Habitat

Schultz's Pipefish is usually seen on rocky and rubbly substrates close to coral reefs. It is also seen around sea fans.

The species is found at depths from 1 m to 30 m.

Classification

Species:
schultzi
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.


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Tags white, black, red, brown, long and skinny, 10 cm - 30 cm, stripes, bands, coral reefs, tropical marine waters, adult, long snout, Syngnathidae, Schultz's Pipefish, Corythoichthys schultzi,