Corythoichthys haematopterus (Reeftop pipefish)


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.

Prey / Predation

They feed on small invertebrates, such as copepods.

Special features

The leeftop pipefish is also known by the common name messmate pipefish