Tag: Pipefish, Sea-Horses & Razorfish (Syngnathiformes)

Although the order Syngnathiformes contains 6 or 7 families, the 2 most likely to be encountered in local waters belong to the "true" Pipefish and Seahorses (Syngnathidae) and the Razorfish aka Shrimpfish (Centriscidae) families.

None of the species found in this section would be considered common.

Although the order Syngnathiformes contains 6 or 7 families, the 2 most likely to be encountered in local waters belong to the "true" Pipefish and Seahorses (Syngnathidae) and the Razorfish aka Shrimpfish (Centriscidae) families.

None of the species found in this section would be considered common.

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Common (Hippocampus Taeniopterus) or Estuarine Sea-Horse (H. Kuda)

I found this Sea-Horse lying in the sand, approximately 50m out from the reef at Mae Haad/Koh Ma.

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Tiger-Tail Sea-Horse (Hippocampus Comes)

This little Sea-Horse, attached to a mooring line at Laem Tien, Koh Tao, may possibly be a Tiger-Tail Sea-Horse (Hippocampus Comes) although due to their ability to change colour to match surroundings and also their very infrequent sightings in local waters, this is a tentative identification.

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Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus)

Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus) can be quite difficult to approach and even more difficult to photograph due to their body shape and silvery colouration.

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Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi) 2

A close-ip shot of the head of a Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi) showning it's circular, toothless mouth.

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Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi)

A pair of Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi) in a crevice at Sail Rock.

Here you can see the distinctive blue/orange colouration of the body and the black, paddle-like tail with its white margin and central spot.