Tag: Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi)

One of the few species of Pipefish found in local waters, the Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi) is seldom seen, unless you're looking in the right places...

Belonging to a group of species often referred to as the "Flagtail Pipefish", Janss' Pipefish attain a maximum length of around 12-14cm and are easily distinguished by their orange/blue body and black, paddle-like tail which has a white margin and spot in the center.

The easiest way to find these reclusive fish is to find a deep crevice in submerged rock-face and just watch closely for movement inside. Whilst stationary they can be difficult to see, but when they move there's a good chance to spot one or two (they're often found in pairs).

One of the few species of Pipefish found in local waters, the Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi) is seldom seen, unless you're looking in the right places...

Belonging to a group of species often referred to as the "Flagtail Pipefish", Janss' Pipefish attain a maximum length of around 12-14cm and are easily distinguished by their orange/blue body and black, paddle-like tail which has a white margin and spot in the center.

The easiest way to find these reclusive fish is to find a deep crevice in submerged rock-face and just watch closely for movement inside. Whilst stationary they can be difficult to see, but when they move there's a good chance to spot one or two (they're often found in pairs).

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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.