Spotted Pipefish

Stigmatopora argus

Stigmatopora argus - Spotted Pipefish
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Size: 25 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Seagrass and algae beds

Depth: Subtidal to 10 metres

Well-camouflaged in Posidonia or Zostera seagrass beds, this long slender pipefish has a whiplike tail with no visible tail fin. It is greenish in colour, and usually has a large number of black spots along its back, which help to distinguish it from other species, along with its long tube mouth.