Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    intestinalis
    Genus
    Corythoichthys
    Family
    Syngnathidae
    Order
    Syngnathiformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    16 cm

Introduction

The Messmate Pipefish is a tropical species that occurs in the Indo-west Pacific region.

Identification

The species can be recognised by its white colouration with a series of brown bars and fine, wavy, dark lines.

Distribution

It is known from tropical marine waters of the Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it occurs in tropical waters of Western Australia and 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.

Ozcam map of Messmate Pipefish specimens in Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Corythoichthys%20intestinalis&zoom=off#mapView

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. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.