“Ghost” Hunting in TARP – The Exotic Ghostpipe Fish of Borneo

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 @ 15:23 Gaya Island Animals, News, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

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Ghostpipefish characteristics are as exotic as their name suggests and their cryptic behaviour makes finding them a challenge even if you know where to look! Our dive guides have spotted a few in and around TAR Park and one female was found with eggs in her pelvic fins, which are modified to form a brood pouch.

They are closely related to the family Syngnathida. Seahorses and Pipefish are from the same order and they share the long tube-like snout. Feeding mainly on crustaceans and small fish, they live in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate waters from Indian to Western Pacific oceans.

We’re expecting more ghostpipefish soon, so if you want to see these awesome creatures, you’ve got to get into the water!