Kwajalein Pipefish and their Relatives

This page covers some members of the families Sygnathidae (pipefish and seahorses), Solenostomidae (ghost pipefish) and Pegasidae (sea moths) found at Kwajalein. This is not a complete list, since we have not yet seen several species known to occur in the Marshalls. Also, the identifications are by no means certain. The animals are difficult to positively identify, and the various books we referenced do not appear to agree on all the names. These references are listed at the bottom of this page. We welcome any name corrections at

Sygnathidae (seahorses)

Hippocampus denise

Hippocampus histrix

Sygnathidae (pipefish)

Choeroichthys brachysoma

Corythoichthys conspicillatus

Corythoichthys flavofasciatus

Corythoichthys intestinalis

Corythoichthys nigripectus

Corythoichthys ocellatus

Corythoichthys schultzi

Doryrhamphus excisus

Dunckerocampus naia

Halicampus brocki

Halicampus dunckeri

Halicampus mataafae

Micrognathus brevirostris pygmaeus

Phoxocampus cf belcheri

Phoxocampus diacanthus

Phoxocampus tetrophthalmus

Phoxocampus ?

Solenostomidae (ghost pipes)

Solenostomus cyanopterus

Solenostomus halimeda

Solenostomus paradoxus

Solenostomus sp. 1

Solenostomus sp. 2

Pegasidae (sea moths)

Eurypegasus draconis


Dawson, C.E. 1985. Indo-Pacific Pipefishes. Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS, USA. 230pp.

Kuiter, Rudie H. 2009. Seahorses and their Relatives. Aquatic Photographics, Seaford, Australia. 334pp.

Michael, Scott W. 1998. Reef Fishes, volume 1. Microcosm, Shelburne, VT, USA. 624pp.

Myers, Robert F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes, third edition. Coral Graphics, Guam. 330pp.

Randall, John E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI, USA. 707pp.

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