Ornate Ghost Pipefish

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Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)

Credit: Glen Ashby

Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) camouflaging extraimage1alt
Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) during a dusk dive
Adult Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) extraimage2alt
Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) swimming across the reef

Credit: Johan Folmeus

Ornate Ghost Pipefish Solenostomus paradoxus
Description

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.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes (Seahorses & Pipefish)
Family: Solenostomidae (Solenostomidae)
Genus: Solenostomus (Solenostomus)
Species: Solenostomus paradoxus
Size
Average Size: 10 centimetres

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