Animal Species:Sawtooth Pipefish, Maroubra perserrata Whitley, 1948
The Sawtooth Pipefish can be recognised by its colouration. The species can be found on coastal rocky reefs and estuaries in temperate marine waters.
Standard Common Name
The Sawtooth Pipefish can be recognised by its colouration. It is grey to brown with a pale stripe along the upper surface, from the tip of the snout to the caudal fin base. There is a prominent brown stripe on the side of the head and sometimes two narrow reddish-brown lines along both the sides of the body. The common name of this species refers to the spiny ridges along the upper and lower surfaces of the body.
The holotype of M. perserrata was collected at Maroubra Beach, Sydney, New South Wales in 1912 by A. McCulloch. It is stored in the Australian Museum Fish Collection (AMS I.12659).
The Sawtooth Pipefish grows to about 8 cm in length.
The species is endemic to Australia from northern New South Wales, around the south of the country including Tasmania, to south-western Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The species can be found on coastal rocky reefs and estuaries in temperate marine waters.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology