Corythoichthys flavofasciatus (Rüppell, 1838)
Corythoichthys flavofasciatus (Rüppell, 1838)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Corythoichthys flavofasciatus

English Name: Network pipefish

Creole Name:

French Name: Syngnathe à traits jaunes

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 26-36.

Body has yellow and brown stripes, while the snout is red.

Males develop orange stripes and brilliant light blue spots.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 12cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Coastal pipefish species that inhabits algae-covered rock, live corals, coral rubble, lagoons, and seaward reefs (depth 0-25m, usually 0-5m). Usually found in pairs. Picks food from among the coral branches in which it often lives. Copepods are the major contributors to its diet, but it also eats small isopods and ostracods. Ovoviviparous. The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail. Males may be brooding at c. 66-70 mm Standard Length.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not caught in the artisanal fishery.


Photo'd by Krishna Ashok at about 1m depth, Anse aux Pins, Mahe. 


Department of the Environment (2020). Corythoichthys flavofasciatus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: (31/03/20).

Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. 2020. FishBase. Corythoichthys flavofasciatus. (31/03/20).

Pollom, R. 2017. Corythoichthys flavofasciatus. The IUCN Red List 2017: e.T65364818A67619390. (31/03/20).


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