25 Mar 2022

Critter of the Week: Long-snouted pipefish

From the collecton Critter of the Week

This week’s critter is a long skinny fish that looks like a ribbon of seaweed. It’s a weak swimmer and hangs out in seaweed meadows around the east coast of Aotearoa.

Ihe ihu roa / Long-snouted pipefish perform elaborate courtship dances with lots of wriggling and shaking and, like its relative the seahorse, the males carry the eggs and give birth.

Long-snouted pipefish

Long-snouted pipefish Photo: Alan Paterson, used with permission