Bent pipefish (Trachyrhamphus_bicoarctatus)
Seen in Dauin, Oct 4, 2012.
Long (40 cm) and thin pipefish, brown or yellow, crawling on the sand. Typical head bent with respect to the body.
Indo-pacific distribution, but it is more likely a species complex, including local species. Coastal bay, Lagoon, Mud, Sand. Mimetizes very well in sea grass bottoms.
The bentstick pipefish occurs in marine waters throughout much of the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it lives in bays and estuaries on sand or mud, from the shallows to at least 40 m depth.
Variable in colour from whitish to yellowish, greenish, brown or black, usually with fine speckling and a series of pale saddles. These long slender pipefish often raise themselves off the bottom, bending their heads at an angle to feed on zooplankton drifting by in the current.