A few weeks ago a friend told us that he saw
a pipefish on the reef, so today we went for a look and actually found
I snapped some photos and now we're trying to identify the
little guy/gal. The body looks just like the Whitenose pipefish in the
Humann book, but the "nose" isn't white. In the blurb about the
Harlequin pipefish, the Humann book mentions a separate species
called Banded, which is just like the Harlequin but with white bands
instead of yellow, but this fella had more of a stripe thing going on -
not thick bands. Maybe it's a juvie of either the Banded or Whitenose? Or maybe pipefish have color variations at different stages?
Details: about 5 inches long, found in St. Kitts, shallow reef (8 ft of
water), mid-day, slides on belly rather than swims, hanging out near
some gorgonian, then under a sea urchin, then finally disappeared under
a rock, tired of the paparazzi.
Looking forward to any help on this one!
Here are the pics: