Scribbled pipefish

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Scribbled pipefish
Two Corythoichthys intestinalis.jpg
Two specimens on Heron Reef, Queensland, Australia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Corythoichthys
C. intestinalis
Binomial name
Corythoichthys intestinalis
(E. P. Ramsay, 1881)
  • Syngnatus intestinalis Ramsay, 1881

Corythoichthys intestinalis, known commonly as the scribbled pipefish, is a species of marine fish in the family Syngnathidae.[3] Other common names used include banded pipefish, Australian banded pipefish, Australian messmate pipefish and messmate pipefish.[2]

The Scribbled pipefish is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the central Indo-Pacific region.[2]

The Scribbled pipefish is a small fish and can reach a maximum size of 16 centimetres (6.3 in) total length.[2]


Adults occur in shallow sandy or mixed sand, rubble, or coral areas of reef flats and lagoons, also sometimes on seaward reefs,[4] to depths of 20–68 metres (66–223 ft).[2] The Scribbled pipefish is ovoviviparous.[5] The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail.[5]


  1. ^ Gillespie, K. & Pollom, R. (2016). "Corythoichthys intestinalis (errata version published in 2017)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T65364931A115414738. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T65364931A67619400.en.
  2. ^ a b c d e Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Corythoichthys intestinalis" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  3. ^ Lieske & Myers,Coral reef fishes,Princeton University Press, 2009, ISBN 9780691089959
  4. ^ Myers, R.F. (1991). Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. p. 298.
  5. ^ a b Breder, C.M. & D.E. Rosen (1966). Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. p. 941.

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