Filicampus tigris (Castelnau, 1879)

Filicampus tigris
Filicampus tigris
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Location: 
Red Rock Estuary
Depth: 
2m
Common name: Tiger Pipefish
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia and known from central Queensland south to near Sydney in New South Wales, Spencer Gulf in South Australia, and in West Australia from Broome to south of Perth.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents areas with mud and rubble and covering of sparse plant growth, often in estuaries. Depth to 27 m.

Additional Notes:

Males and females have similar colouration, males brood young in pouch under the tail, not visible unless with brood. White spots on ventral edge aid identification, also some specimens with pale blue patches. Feeds primarily on small crustaceans. Grows to 30 cm.

References:

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Filicampus-tigris.html. Accessed 27/05/18.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=filicampus+tigris. Accessed 27/05/18.