Brushtail Pipefish, Leptoichthys fistularius Click to enlarge image
A Brushtail Pipefish at a depth of 3m, Edithburgh, South Australia, January 2013. Image: Phil Mercurio
© Phil Mercurio

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    fistularius
    Genus
    Leptoichthys
    Family
    Syngnathidae
    Order
    Syngnathiformes
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to about 65 cm in length.

Introduction

The Brushtail Pipefish is one of the largest species of pipefish in Australia. As its name implies, adults have large tails.

Distribution

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.



References

  1. Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
  2. 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.