Schultz's pipefish

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Schultz's pipefish
Corythoichthys schultzi.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Corythoichthys
C. schultzi
Binomial name
Corythoichthys schultzi
Herald, 1953

Schultz's pipefish, Corythoichthys schultzi, is a pipefish of the family Syngnathidae.


The genus name Corythoichthys derives from the Greek words coris meaning "helmet" and ichthus meaning "fish". The specific name schultzi honors Leonard Peter Schultz, an American ichthyologist of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington).[2]


Corythoichthys schultzi at Hurghada, Red Sea

Corythoichthys schultzi can reach a length up to 16 centimetres (6.3 in) in males. The body is cylindrical and very elongated. These pipefishes have a cryptic coloration making the difficult to be detected by both prey and predators. The basic color of the body is whitish, with small black, brown and reddish dashes and yellowish rings. The eyes are protruding and the snout is long, slightly compressed and thinner than the body. The caudal fin is present but quite small. Adults may form small aggregation. Ovoviviparous, the male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail.[3] In this pouch they also carry the developing young pipefishes.


This species is widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific Oceans, from Red Sea and East Africa to Tonga, throughout Micronesia, northern Australia and New Caledonia.[3]


Schultz's pipefish is benthic species associated to coral reef. It usually can be found in lagoon and seaward reefs at depths between 2 and 30 metres (6.6 and 98.4 ft). The adults live in pairs or small groups when out in the open and find in safe places to spend the night.[3]


  1. ^ Gillespie, K. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Corythoichthys schultzi (errata version published in 2017)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65365100A115416540. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T65365100A67619425.en.
  2. ^ Thompson, Vanessa J.; Dianne J. Bray. "Corythoichthys schultzi". Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Corythoichthys schultzi" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
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