Harlequin ghost pipefish

The ornate ghost pipefish, Solenostomus paradoxus, is a pipefish of the family Solenostomidae found in the Western Pacific and the Indian ocean along reef edges prone to strong currents.

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The Harlequin ghost pipefish lives in the reef-associated, marine environment.

Fiji Reef Scenic Harlequin Ghost Pipefish Mating Mandarin Fish View Entire Portfolio © 1996-2009 NameMedia, Inc. and contributors. Contributed content used with permission. More

Harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) in Sipadan, Malaysia More

Harlequin ghost pipefish spend a lot of time floating upside down, mouth pointed downwards and virtually motionless. When breeding time comes around, a murky, muddy bottom or a coral reef is the habitat of choice. More

Harlequin ghost pipefishHarlequin ghost pipefish Who or what is a solenostomus ? It’s a genus of fishes in the ghost pipefish family (Solenostomidae) that are distant relatives of seahorses. More

Harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) in a feather star, Lembeh Straits, North Sulawesi, Indonesia Harlequin ghost pipefish Robust ghost pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus), Lembeh Straits, North Sulawesi, Indonesia Robust ghost pipefish Harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) in a feather star, Lembeh More

Harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) female swimming in front of a crinoid, a marine invertebrate animal. This fish uses its cryptic colouration to help it avoid predators. It feeds on tiny shrimps and plankton, sucking them up through its tube-like mouth at lower centre. More

Harlequin ghost pipefish with a sea squirt in the background. Nikon F4, 200mm Nikkor f/4 Macro lens, Aquatica Housing, 2 Ikelite 200 strobes, f/16, Kodak Royal Gold 100. More

We saw harlequin ghost pipefish at TJ Labuian & Co. and at Batu Merah, ornate ghost pipefish at Nudi Retreat, robust ghost pipefish and longtail ghost pipefish at other sites. Kapal Indah, another wreck had both species within a small area. More

Common names

(細吻)剃刀魚 in Mandarin Chinese
(细吻)剃刀鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
F˚rai-uo in Japanese (日本語)
Frynset spøgelsesnålefisk in Danish (dansk)
Fûrai-uo in Japanese (日本語)
Ghost pipefish in English
Harlequin ghost pipefish in English
Ornate ghost pipefish in English
Ornate ghostpipefish in English
Schmuck-Geisterpfeifenfisch in German (Deutsch)
shortbodied pipefish in English
shortbodied pipefish in Unknown
Spökkantnål in Swedish (Svenska)
刀口魚 in Mandarin Chinese
刀口鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
剃刀魚 in Mandarin Chinese
剃刀鱼 in Mandarin Chinese

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Order : Syngnathiformes
Family : Solenostomidae
Genus : Solenostomus
Species : Solenostomus paradoxus
Authority : Pallas, 1770