Corythoichthys ocellatus Herald, 1953
Ocellated pipefish


Corythoichthys ocellatus
photo by Greenfield, J.

 Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
 Max. size:  10.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 12 m
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Celebes and Philippines to Palau, the Solomon Islands, and Australia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 22-25; Anal soft rays: 4-4. Has a color pattern very similar to C. schultzi. Description: Characterized by whitish color with dark grey snout; head and body covered with numerous dark-edged orange spots, sometimes merged to form solid stripes; 10 caudal rays; rings 15 - 16 + 29 - 32; discontinuous superior trunk and tail ridges; straight lateral trunk ridge, ends near anal ring; continuous inferior trunk and tail ridge; length of snout 1.7-2.0 in head length; head length 5.5-7.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Inhabits rubble patches of shallow sheltered reefs (Ref. 37816). Found to a depth of 12 m. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:  Known from Calamianes Islands, northern Palawan (Ref. 48613). Also Ref. 90102.

 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 16.06.92
 Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 20.08.09

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