Corythoichthys benedetto

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Corythoichthys benedetto
Raja Ampat islands, West Papua, Indonesia, December 2016.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Corythoichthys
C. benedetto
Binomial name
Corythoichthys benedetto
Allen & Erdmann, 2008

Corythoichthys benedetto, commonly known as Benedetto’s pipefish, is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It inhabits the Indo-West Pacific, near Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia.[1] It is found on algae-covered rocky surfaces and gorgonian sea fans at depths of 5 to 20 metres (16 to 66 ft), where it can grow to lengths of around 7 centimetres (2.8 in).[2] It is usually found alone, although it can be found in groups of up to four individuals. This species is ovoviviparous, with males brooding when they are at lengths of 5 to 5.5 centimetres (2.0 to 2.2 in).[2] The specific name and common name honour the late Italian prime minister Benedetto Craxi (1934-2000).[3]


Corythoichthys benedetto grows up to lengths of 7 centimetres (2.8 in).[2] It may be identified by its body pattern of 12 thin white bars along the length of its body, each preceded by a thick red bar. These bars may be punctuated by variable-sized white ocelli.[4]


  1. ^ a b Gillespie, K. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Corythoichthys benedetto". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65364798A67619385. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T65364798A67619385.en.
  2. ^ a b c Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2008. Corythoichthys benedetto, a new pipefish (Pisces:Syngnathidae) from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 13(3-4):121-126
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Corythoichthys benedetto" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  4. ^ Dianne J. Bray, Corythoichthys benedetto in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Nov 2017,

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