Cheeked / Red Sea Pipefish (Corythoichthys insularis) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving
Cheeked / Red Sea Pipefish (Corythoichthys insularis) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Cheeked / Red Sea Pipefish

The Cheeked Pipefish (Corythoichthys insularis) is also sometimes referred to as the Red Sea Pipefish because it is found there, and around the western Indian Ocean. It's a relatively small species of pipefish that grow to 10cm in length. Like its cousins, the young develop inside the males' brood pouch. It's usuallu found at depths between 20-40m in tropical seas, and is popular with photographers due to its colourful appearance.

Cheeked Red Sea Pipefish
Cheeked Pipefish in the Red Sea, Egypt
Credit: Aida Karamesic
Cheeked / Red Sea Pipefish Corythoichthys insularis
Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Order: Syngnathiformes (Seahorses & Pipefish)
Family: Syngnathidae (Syngnathidae)
Genus: Corythoichthys (Cheeked Pipefish)
Species: Corythoichthys insularis
Average Size: 10 centimetres

Cheeked / Red Sea Pipefish - Where Can You Find Them When Scuba diving?


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