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Family Solenostomidae

There are only 6 species in one genus in this family but I wouldn't be at all surprised if new species aren't discovered over the next few years - these fish are so cryptic. Ghost pipefish are only found in the Indo-Pacific. The longest species reaches about 16 cm (just over 6 inches). Ghost pipefish feed on small benthic invertebrates and zooplankton. Like the closely related pipefish and seahorses they lack chewing jaws and suck their prey into their mouth. They apparently only move into shallow water for breeding purposes - but no one really knows. Females brood the eggs between their enlarged pelvic fins.

Findsing one of these beauties is a real buzz!

 

Solenostomus cyanopterus Robust pipefish

Solenostomus cyanopterus, Robust pipefish, Lembeh Straits

FISH 6640 Solenostomus cyanopterus, Robust pipefish, Lembeh Straits

Solenostomus cyanopterus, Robust pipefish, Lembeh Straits

FISH 6651 Solenostomus cyanopterus, Robust pipefish, Lembeh Straits.

Solenostomus cyanopterus, Robust pipefish, Lembeh Straits

FISH 6661 Solenostomus cyanopterus, Robust pipefish, Lembeh Straits

Solenostomus cyanopterus, Robust pipefish head detail

FISH 6618 Solenostomus cyanopterus, Robust pipefish head detail, Lembeh Straits.

Solenostomus paradoxus Ornate ghost pipefish

Solenostomus paradoxus, Ornate ghost pipefish

Solenostomus paradoxus, Ornate ghost pipefish 2.

Solenostomus paradoxus, Ornate ghost pipefish

Solenostomus paradoxus, Ornate ghost pipefish

Solenostomus paradoxus, Ornate ghost pipefish

Solenostomus paradoxus, Ornate ghost pipefish 3.

Solenostomus paradoxus, Ornate ghost pipefish

Solenostomus paradoxus, Ornate ghost pipefish close-up.

Solenostomus paradoxus Ornate ghost pipefish Puerto Galera, Philippines

FISH 5218 Solenostomus paradoxus Ornate ghost pipefish Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Ghost pipefish

FISH 5224 Solenostomus paradoxus Ornate ghost pipefish Puerto Galera, Philippines.

 

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