Animal Species:Messmate Pipefish, Corythoichthys intestinalis (Ramsay, 1881)
The Messmate Pipefish is a tropical species that occurs in the Indo-west Pacific region.
Standard Common Name
Australian Messmate Pipefish, Banded Pipefish, Messmate Pipe-fish, Waite's Pipe-fish, Dragonface Pipefish
The species can be recognised by its white colouration with a series of brown bars and fine, wavy, dark lines.
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.
Distribution by collection data
- 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.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology