Animal Species:Softcoral Pipefish, Siokunichthys breviceps
Softcoral Pipefish from the Western Pacific have a banded pattern.
It grows to about 15 cm in length.
It is believed to occur in the Western Indian and Western Pacific regions. The 'species' may actually be two similar species that are being called the same name. More research is required.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
In soft corals in coastal waters to depths of about 10 m.
- 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.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2009. Seahorses and their relatives. Aquatic Photographics. Pp. 333.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology