Rhino Pipefish

Histiogamphelus cristatus

Histiogamphelus cristatus - Rhino Pipefish
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Size: 28 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Seagrass beds or sandy areas

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

Closely resembling dead Posidonia seagrass, this distinctive pipefish is brown with white mottling. It is named for its squarish head and its crest, which gives it a similar profile to the rhinoceros. It is very similar in appearance to its close relative, Histiogamphelus briggsii, although it has a shorter snout. Because of this, its crest also extends backwards past the level of its eye, unlike H. briggsii.

Further Reference

Fishes of Australia