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Elegant firefish

Elegant firefish

Mandarinfish

Mandarinfish

Copperband butterflyfish

Copperband butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Splendid garden eel

Splendid garden eel

Spotted garden eel

Spotted garden eel

Blueband goby

Blueband goby

Razorfish

Razorfish

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Slender seahorse

Slender seahorse

Matted Filefish

Matted Filefish

Longnose hawkfish

Longnose hawkfish

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Bluestripe pipefish

Bluestripe pipefish

Facts

LatinDoryrhamphus excisus excisus
Size7 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans and zooplankton
HabitatCoral and stone reef
IUCN

Least concern

LocationIndo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific
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Special relatives

The blue-striped pipefish is related to seahorses. The similarity is very evident when you look at the long, funnel-shaped mouth and the small dorsal fin.

Slow swimmer

Pipefish are not great swimmers. They only use the small dorsal fin for transport, so have a hard time escaping from their enemies. Fortunately they are experts when it comes to hiding in seaweed and are almost invisible in the wild.

The male

Only the male blue-striped pipefish looks after the young. Once the pipefish have mated, the female lays her eggs in the male’s brooding pouch on the stomach and he ‘feeds’ the young when they are ready.


Fish nursery

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