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I'm a Dragon! Seen during a black water dive, this is most likely a juvenile of Bentstick Pipefish during pelagic phase.  Despite a juvenile, it is around 12-15 cm in length but very slender/thin.  It has 2 long appendages behind its head and a few others towards the tail.  The adult of this species looks more 'ordinary' and usually found on sandy and seagrass bottom, looking like a Stick, hence its common name, Bentstick. Anilao,Batangas,Bentstick Pipefish,Fish,Philippines,Pipefish,Trachyrhamphus bicoarctatus Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

I'm a Dragon!

Seen during a black water dive, this is most likely a juvenile of Bentstick Pipefish during pelagic phase. Despite a juvenile, it is around 12-15 cm in length but very slender/thin. It has 2 long appendages behind its head and a few others towards the tail. The adult of this species looks more 'ordinary' and usually found on sandy and seagrass bottom, looking like a Stick, hence its common name, Bentstick.

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  1. Stunning shot! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks, Yael :) Posted 3 months ago
  2. Nice! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy :) Posted 3 months ago

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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.

Similar species: Pipefishes And Seahorses
Species identified by Albert Kang
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By Albert Kang

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Uploaded Jan 27, 2019. Captured Dec 27, 2018 21:10.
  • TG-5
  • f/5.6
  • 1/125s
  • ISO3200
  • 12.6mm