Messmate pipefish

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Messmate pipefish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Corythoichthys
C. haematopterus
Binomial name
Corythoichthys haematopterus
(Bleeker, 1851)
  • Corythroichthys elerae Evermann & Seale, 1907
  • Corythroichthys isigakius Jordan & Snyder, 1901
  • Ichthyocampus papuensis Sauvage, 1880
  • Syngnathus crenulatus Weber, 1913
  • Syngnathus haematopterus Bleeker, 1851

The messmate pipefish (Corythoichthys haematopterus) is a species of marine fish in the family Syngnathidae. It is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, from the eastern coast of Africa to the Vanuatu Islands. This species can reach a length of 19.8 cm.[2] It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade where it is known as the dragonfaced pipefish.[3] Other common names are bloodspot pipefish, reef pipefish, reeftop pipefish and yellow-streaked pipefish.[1]

The messmate pipefish exhibits biofluorescence, that is, when illuminated by blue or ultraviolet light, it re-emits it as yellow, and appears differently than under white light illumination. Biofluorescence may assist in intraspecific communication and camouflage.[4]


  1. ^ a b Gillespie, K. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Corythoichthys haematopterus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T46102624A46665234. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T46102624A46665234.en.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Corythoichthys haematopterus" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  3. ^ Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Reef Aquariums: Dragonface Pipefish. Retrieved on 2016-12-06.
  4. ^ Sparks, John S.; Schelly, Robert C.; Smith, W. Leo; Davis, Matthew P.; Tchernov, Dan; Pieribone, Vincent A.; Gruber, David F. (2014). "The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence: A Phylogenetically Widespread and Phenotypically Variable Phenomenon". PLoS ONE. 9 (1): e83259. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083259. PMC 3885428. PMID 24421880.

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