Pale white with wavy lines and stripes forming a netted pattern, white-edged reddish tail, 15 dark bands.
Unassessed by the IUCN Red list, but widespread. Less common than other pipefishes.
They are found in the Indo-West Pacific from East Africa to Vanuatu and Fiji, Southern Japan to North Australia. They live on coral rich patches, rubble, rocks, sand and mud, in a depth range of 2-15 meters.
Male pipefishes carry the eggs around in a pouch under the tail until they hatch, similar to their relatives, the seahorses.
Up to 18cm.
They feed on small invertebrates, such as copepods.
The leeftop pipefish is also known by the common name messmate pipefish