Ghost Pipefish

Ornate Ghost Pipefish with Eggs
Solenostomus paradoxus

Ornate Ghost Pipefish are more of the most bizarre and most beautiful critters. Around July they start to appaer on many dive sites, usually picking a Feather Star to ‘hide’ in, matching their colour to the host Feather Star. Unlike all other Seahorses and Pipefish, Ghost Pipefish eggs are looked after by the female, not …

Ornate Ghost Pipefish with Eggs
Solenostomus paradoxus
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Robust Ghost Pipefish – Mating Fight
Solenostomus cyanopterus

Robust Ghost Pipefish usually hang vertically in the water, not moving, pretending to be a bit of Sea Grass. Here we have two males (the two smaller Pipefish) fighting over a female (the lager one with the larger pelvic fins). It was fascinating to watch and I ran out of bottom time before I could …

Robust Ghost Pipefish – Mating Fight
Solenostomus cyanopterus
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Ghost Pipefish
Solenostomidae

This is some great video of three more different type of Ghost Pipefish that I didn’t even know existed until 1 amazing dive in Lembeh. The video starts by showing Ornate (Harlequin) Ghost Pipefish, the most well known of the Ghost Pipefish family. The many different colours of these Pipefish are beautiful. The three Ghost …

Ghost Pipefish
Solenostomidae
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