Eastern Hairy Pipefish, Urocampus coelorhynchus Günther 1873

Prior to 2023, this species was known as Urocampus carinirostris.

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Bray, D.J. 2023, Urocampus coelorhynchus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5662

Eastern Hairy Pipefish, Urocampus coelorhynchus Günther 1873

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Elliott Heads, Queensland, to Nadgee, New South Wales.

Similar Species

Urocampus coelorhynchus is similar to U. carinirostris and U. paucianulus in usually having 8 or 9 trunk rings in males and 9–10 in females, usually 14 dorsal-fin rays, and a relatively shorter snout, and lacks a distinct dent above the dorsoposterior margin of the orbit. However, U. coelorhynchus differs from U. carinirostris and U. paucianulus in total ring number, pre-dorsal-fin tail length, and tail length.


The specific name coelorhynchus is from the Latin coelo- (= hollow) and rhynchus (= snout).

Species Citation

Urocampus coelorhynchus Günther 1873, Journal des Museum Godeffroy 1(2): 103. Type locality: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Bray, D.J. 2023


Atlas of Living Australia

Eastern Hairy Pipefish, Urocampus coelorhynchus Günther 1873


Araki, M.A. & Motomura, H. 2023. Review of the Indo‑West Pacific pipefish genus Urocampus (Syngnathidae), with descriptions of two new species. Ichthyological Research 70: 1-20 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-022-00872-3

Günther, A. 1873. Erster ichthyologischer Beitrag nach Exemplaren aus dem Museum Godeffroy. Journal des Museum Godeffroy 1(2): 97-103 See ref at BHL

Kendrick, A.J. & Hyndes, G.A. 2005. Variations in the dietary compositions of morphologically diverse syngnathid fishes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 72: 415-427 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-004-2597-y (as Urocampus carinirostris)

Kuiter, R.H. 2009. Seahorses and their relatives. Seaford, Australia : Aquatic Photographics 331 pp.

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CAAB Code:37282144

Depth:0-3 m


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