Schultz’s Pipefish


Corythoichthys schultzi

Schultz’s Pipefish has a whitish body that is covered in small black, brown and reddish dashes. The snout is long and slender and a caudal fin is present.

Male and female Schultz’s Pipefish are easy to tell apart when they are breeding. During breeding males have a pouch on the belly in which they carry the developing young (see top image). Males give birth to young pipefish that resemble adults.

This species grows to 16cm in length.

Schultz’s Pipefish is usually seen on rocky substrates close to coral reefs. It is also seen around sea fans. Really common on Bon soong Wreck

This species is found at depths from 1m to 30m.

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific region, from the Red Sea, north to the Japan, throughout Micronesia, south to Australia and east to Tonga.