General Description

Body very long and slender with a tiny mouth at the end of the long snout and an almost prehensile (capable of grasping) tail that lacks a tail fin. Highly variable in colour, from greenish to brownish depending to match the surroundings. Females often have an orange line along the side. This species closely resembles the Spotted Pipefish, Stigmatopora argus, but differs in coloration, the placement of the dorsal fin, and female body shape. Up to 16 cm.


During the breeding season, females develop a swollen trunk and males have a small pouch on the underside of the tail. Individuals are extremely well-camouflaged and closely resemble the seagrass Zostera.


New Zealand and southern Australia.


Sheltered seagrass and macroalgal beds, from intertidal depths to 35 m.

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