Messmate Pipefish (species: Corythoichthys intestinalis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Corythoichthys intestinalis
Messmate Pipefish

©Mark Shepherd: A pair of Corythoichthys intestinalis at Turtle Beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Magnified view of head, Corythoichthys intestinalis at Loomis Reef, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Corythoichthys intestinalis at Loomis Reef, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Gasterosteiformes
Family Syngnathidae
Genus Corythoichthys
Species Corythoichthys intestinalis



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 16 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Kuiter, R.H. (2000). Seahorses, pipefishes and their relatives: a comprehensive guide to the Syngnathiformes TMC Publishing, Chorleywood, UK. LIRS catalog number 90163.

Other references

  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
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