Corythoichthys flavofasciatus

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Corythoichthys flavofasciatus
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Al Qusair, Egypt
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Corythoichthys
C. flavofasciatus
Binomial name
Corythoichthys flavofasciatus
(Rüppell, 1838)
  • Syngnathus flavofasciatus Rüppell, 1838
  • Corythoichthys fasciatus (Gray, 1830)
  • Corythoichthys sealei Jordan & Starks, 1906
  • Corythoichthys serrulifer Fowler, 1938

Corythoichthys flavofasciatus, known commonly as the network pipefish, reticulate pipefish and yellow-banded pipefish, is a species of marine fish in the family Syngnathidae.

Corythoichthys flavofasciatus, Egypt

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species can be found from the Red Sea [3] and Eastern Africa [4][5] to the Tuamotu, the Ryukyu Islands, northern Australia and the Austral Islands.[2] It lives in tropical climate and it is associated with lagoons and coral reefs at depths from the low tide line to 25 m.[2][6]


Corythoichthys flavofasciatus can reach a length of about 12 centimetres (4.7 in) in males. These fishes have 26-36 dorsal soft rays.[2] Body has yellow and brown stripes, while the snout is red. Males develop orange stripes and brilliant light blue spots. This species is quite similar to Corythoichthys conspicillatus.


This species is ovoviviparous. These fishes are probably monogamous and are usually found in pairs.[2][6] The male carries the eggs in a ventral pouch, which is below the tail.[2][7] Hatching time usually lasts 10–12 days. These fishes feed on small invertebrates especially copepods, but also small isopods and ostracods.[2] In French Polynesia it is predated by Epinephelus merra.


Some authorities consider that Corythoichthys flavofasciatus is a species which is restricted to the Red Sea and that the species found in the remainder of the Indo-Pacific is Corythoichthys conspicillatus.[8] [2]


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  1. ^ Pollom, R. (2017). "Corythoichthys flavofasciatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T65364818A67619390. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T65364818A67619390.en.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Corythoichthys flavofasciatus" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  3. ^ Khalaf, M.A. A.M. Disi, 1997. Fishes of the Gulf of Aqaba. Marine Science Station, Aqaba, Jordania. 252 p.
  4. ^ Garpe, KC y M.C. Öhman, 2003. Coral and fish distribution patterns in Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania: fish-habitado interactions. Hydrobiologia 498: 191-211.
  5. ^ Fricke, R., 1999. Fishes of the Mascarene Islands (Réunion, Mauricio, Rodriguez): an Annotated checklist, with descriptions of new species. Koeltz Scientific Books, Koenigstein, Theses Zoologicae, Vol.. 31: 759 p.
  6. ^ a b Australian Government – Department of Environment and Energy
  7. ^ Breder, C.M. i D.E. Rosen, 1966. Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City. 941 p.
  8. ^ Thompson, Vanessa J. & Dianne J. Bray. "Corythoichthys conspicillatus". Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria. Retrieved 27 May 2018.

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