Animal Species:Softcoral Pipefish, Siokunichthys breviceps

Softcoral Pipefish at Raja Ampat

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Standard Common Name

Softcoral Pipefish

Identification

Softcoral Pipefish from the Western Pacific have a banded pattern.

Size range

It grows to about 15 cm in length.

Distribution

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.

Siokunichthys breviceps

Habitat

In soft corals in coastal waters to depths of about 10 m.

Classification

Species:
breviceps
Genus:
Siokunichthys
Family:
Syngnathidae
Order:
Gasterosteiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

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. Kuiter, R.H. 2009. Seahorses and their relatives. Aquatic Photographics. Pp. 333.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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