Harlequin Ghost Pipefish

Harlequin Ghost Pipefish

Harlequin Ghost Pipefish Solenostomus paradoxus

Harlequin Ghost Pipefish

Harlequin Ghost Pipefish They reach a maximum length of 12 cm. They vary in color from red or yellow to black and are almost transparent. Although relatively common, ornate ghost pipefish are very well-camouflaged and difficult to find.

It occurs either as solitary individuals or in pairs, among the branches of gorgonians, in floating weeds, or crinoids where the feed on mysids and small benthic shrimp.

The females are larger than the males with an average length of 130 mm; males, on average, are 37% smaller.

This is an external skin-brooding species. Embryos are enclosed in an envelope and attached to special epidermal cells called cotylephores. These cells occur only on the inside surface of the pelvic fins of females (the brooders in this species). The pelvic fins of females are expanded and connect to the body and to each other in order to form a brood pouch (similar to that of a kangaroo).

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