Haliichthys taeniophorus

The ribboned pipefish (Haliichthys taeniophorus), ribboned pipehorse or ribboned seadragon, is a species of pipefish found along the coast of northern Australia (Shark Bay to Torres Strait) and New Guinea (both West New Guinea and Papua New Guinea) in habitats ranging from shallow and weedy to deeper and sandy bottoms down to depths of 16.5 m (54 ft).[1] This species grows to a total length of 30 cm (12 in). Their colors can range from greenish yellow to brownish red.[2] This species is the only known member of its genus.[3]

Ribboned Pipefish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Subfamily: Syngnathinae
Genus: Haliichthys
J. E. Gray, 1859
H. taeniophora
Binomial name
Haliichthys taeniophora


  1. Pollom, R. (2016). "Haliichthys taeniophorus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T95882787A115515609. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T95882787A95882800.en. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  2. Kuiter, Rudie Hermann (2000). Seahorses, pipefishes, and their relatives : a comprehensive guide to Syngnathiformes (1st English language ed.). Chorleywood, UK: Tropical Marine Centre. ISBN 0953909700. OCLC 46433169.
  3. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). Species of Haliichthys in FishBase. June 2017 version.

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