Animal Species:Rhino Pipefish, Histiogamphelus cristatus (Macleay, 1882)
The Rhino Pipefish, with its slender mottled body and truncate head, looks similar to a piece of seagrass.
Standard Common Name
Cocks-comb Pipefish, Macleay's Crested Pipefish, Spotted Crested Pipefish
The species is mottled brown in colour. Females have blueish blotches on the sides of the body.
Juveniles have a rhino-like hump on the snout, hence the standard name.
27 cm SL
The species endemic to Australia, occurring from eastern South Australia 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
Usually seen in seagrass areas.
- Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
- 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.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow