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Meet the Bulbonaricus pipefish!

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 18, 2016 09:00 AM
Here is a fish we bet you've never seen in real life. Ned DeLoach of photographed this tiny pipefish (size of a toothpick!) weaving its way in between coralites of a Galaxea coral. Oh, and blennywatcher has a shiny, new, awesome website you should check out!
Meet the Bulbonaricus pipefish!

For anyone who knows Galaxea corals, look at the polyps for the scale of this fish. It's TINY!

The pipefish was photographed at Triton Bay (West Papau, Indonesia).  Ned believes it is a Bulbonaricus brucei.  These tiny fish appear to prefer (or are obligated to) Galaxea corals.  They are difficult to spot when the polyps are extended.  This pipefish further proves that some of the coolest reef animals are tiny and cryptic.

Read more about the Bulbonaricus pipefish (including more photos) over at our friend's blog,  Bonus reason to revisit: they did a great job updating their website.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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