Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Ornate Ghost Pipefish

From the family Solenostomidae, genus Solenostomus, the Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) is an exquisite species, found in many parts of the Indo-Pacific region. There are currently  six recognised species in the family, although more may yet be discovered. They are cousins of the Seahorses, and classified as bony fish. As masters of disguise, camouflaging among sea fans, they are very hard to spot, even if you know where to look or you are even having one pointed out to you.

Solenostomus paradoxus Ornate Ghost Pipefish
Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)
Credit: Glen Ashby
Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) camouflaging
Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) during a dusk dive
Adult Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)
Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) swimming across the reef
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Ornate Ghost Pipefish Solenostomus paradoxus
Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Order: Syngnathiformes (Seahorses & Pipefish)
Family: Solenostomidae (Solenostomidae)
Genus: Solenostomus (Solenostomus)
Species: Solenostomus paradoxus
Average Size: 10 centimetres

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