- They are found in shallow waters along the southern and western coasts of Australia, from Shark Bay in Western Australia to Jervis Bay in New South Wales.
- Madura Pipefish have a long, slender body with a tubular snout and a small mouth at the end. They are generally brown or grey in colour, with small spots or stripes on their body.
- They have a unique swimming style – they move through the water by undulating their body from side to side, rather than using their fins.
- These fish are typically found in seagrass beds, where they blend in with their surroundings to avoid predators.
- Madura Pipefish are ovoviviparous, which means that their eggs develop inside the female’s body until they hatch and are released as fully-formed young.
- The male Madura Pipefish carries the fertilised eggs in a specialised pouch on his belly until they are ready to hatch. The male can carry up to 100 eggs at a time, and may carry them for several weeks before they hatch.
- Madura Pipefish feed on small crustaceans and other tiny animals, which they suck into their mouth using their tube-like snout.
- Their lifespan is not well documented, but it is believed to be around 1-5 years.
Madura Pipefish are typically found in shallow waters, such as seagrass beds, along the the coasts of Australia. Snorkelers can explore these areas and look for the distinctive shape and coloration of the Madura Pipefish, which can sometimes be difficult to spot among the seagrass.
Species: Hippichthys heptagonus
The conservation status of the Madura Pipefish is currently listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that the species is not currently facing any major threats and is considered to have a stable population trend.
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Seagrass Beds