Histiogamphelus cristatus

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Macleay's crested pipefish
Scientific classification
H. cristatus
Binomial name
Histiogamphelus cristatus
MacLeay 1881[2]

Histiogamphelus cristatus, known as Macleay’s crested pipefish or rhino pipefish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Sygnathidae.[1] This species can be found in a variety of marine habitats such as seagrass beds, sandy ocean bottoms, and estuaries, surrounding south and southwestern Australia.[3][4][5] Their main source of food are small crustaceans found in the water column or in sediments.[5] Males of the species brood eggs and give birth to live offspring.[3]


  1. ^ a b Fujii, I.; Pollom, R. (2016). "Histiogamphelus cristatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T65368242A67622410.en.
  2. ^ Thompson, Vanessa J.; Bray, Dianne J. "Histiogamphelus cristatus". Fishes of Australia. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b Dawson, C.E. 1985. Indo-Pacific Pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA.
  4. ^ Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Seahorses, Pipefishes and Their Relatives: A Comprehensive Guide to Syngnathiformes. TMC Publishing, Chorleywood, England.
  5. ^ a b Kendrick, A.J. and Hyndes, G.A. 2003. Patterns in the abundance and size-distribution of syngnathid fishes among habitats in a seagrass-dominated marine environment. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 56: 1–10.

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