Hippichthys cyanospilos (Bleeker)

Blue-spotted Pipefish (Hippichthys cyanospilos)

The Blue-spotted Pipefish is indigenous to the tropical Indo-Pacific, and occurs in the east up to the Fiji Islands, where adult individuals can be found in coastal rivers, and estuaries as well as in mangroves.

This about 16 cm long species is quite variable colored, and can be pale yellow to nearly black in color.

As in all relatives of the seahorses, also in this species the eggs are carried and brood by the males in a brood pouch.

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References:

[1] Aaron P. Jenkins; Kinikoto Mailautoka: Hippichthys albomaculosus, a new species of freshwater pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) from Fiji. Aqua 16(3): 111-116. 2010

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