The robust ghost pipefish is a brilliant master of disguise and as such is a rare find when diving in bays or lagoons. They like to hide within sea grasses and actually simulate rotting sea grass so as not to attract attention from passersby.
Robust ghost pipefish tend not to stay in one place and are quite mobile, so it is not usually possible to revisit the same spot and be lucky enough to see them again. Robust ghost pipefish are usually green and brown in colour and can grow up to 15 cm long.
The Robust Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus) is a very unique looking fish species that belongs to the ‘Ghost Pipefishes’ family Solenostomidae. Solenostomids are closely related to the seahorses and pipefish that are in the Syngnathidae family. This ghost pipefish species can be found occurring throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region and occasionally it can be found occurring in temperate waters such as New South Wales in Australia. It is mostly a pelagic species until it settles on substrate for breeding. It is generally green to brown in colour and its colouration helps it camouflage with its environment, which is in amongst seagrasses, soft corals or marine algae. This species looks similar to the ‘Rough Snout Ghost Pipefish’ (Solenostomus paegnius) however it has a much thicker tail base at the caudal peduncle. The Robust Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus) grows to a maximum length of approximately 15cm.