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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats

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Online resources

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Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Highly variable in colour, long snout, hard body plates, very cryptic.
Description : Colouration is highly variable from grey, brown, dark red to bright green with darker spots and markings. It has a long snout and hard body plates. It has 2 dorsal fins and a very short to absent caudal peduncle. It is very cryptic and resembles a drifting piece of seagrass. Body size up to 15 cm.
Biology : It may go unnoticed as it drifts in currents resembling a piece of seagrass. When disturbed, it will move into vegetation. It often hangs upside down to feed, feeding on plankton and small crustaceans sucked in through its snout. Females incubate the eggs in a pouch formed by her modified ventral fins. These fins are greatly expanded and united with the abdomen along the upper margin and together below for a brood pouch. After incubation, the eggs are released into the water column and are planktonic, travelling with the currents until they find a suitable habitat.
Habitat: Coastal bays and estuaries in algae or seagrass beds at a depth of 2 m to 25 m.
Maximum size (cm): 15
Diet: Carnivore
Colours: Grey, Brown, Green, Red, Orange
Distribution: Northern, Eastern and Western Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Shallow (1-30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Mark McGrouther / Australian Museum

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Solenostomus cyanopterus


Synonyms Source
Solenostoma cyanopterus Bleeker, 1855 Bleeker, 1855 Bleeker, 1855
Published in: Bleeker, P. 1855. Zesde bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van Amboina. Natuurwet. Tijdschr. Ned.-Indië Vol. 8 pp. 391-434
Solenostomus paegnius Jordan & Thompson, 1914 Jordan & Thompson, 1914 Jordan & Thompson, 1914
Published in: Jordan, D.S. & Thompson, W.F. 1914. Record of the fishes obtained in Japan in 1911. Mem. Carnegie Mus. Vol. 6 (4) pp. 205-313 figs 1-87 pls 24-42
Solenichthys raceki Whitley, 1955 Whitley, 1955 Whitley, 1955
Published in: Whitley, G.P. 1955. Opus CCC. Aust. Zool. Vol. 12 (2) pp. 154-159 figs 1-7

Common Names

Common name Source
Robust Ghostpipefish
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Roughsnout Ghostpipefish
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Ghost Pipefish
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Racek's Ghost Pipefish
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Robust Ghost-pipefish
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Rough-snout Ghostpipefish
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Squaretail Ghost-pipefish
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Blue-finned Ghost Pipefish
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Robust Ghost Pipefish
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Working classification

Solenostomus cyanopterus  Recorded in Australia

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