Banded Pipefish are found living in and near rocky outcrops and reef formations throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region. They are a very social species and will generally be found living in groups, mated pairs and even multiple mated pairs living amongst a larger group. In the wild, the Banded Pipefish will spend much of its time swimming amongst corals, rocky overhangs or enclosed reef areas where it hunts for copepods, amphipods and other small organisms on which it feeds. The Banded Pipefish’s slender long body, tubular mouth and oval tail are well suited for helping it get into tight caves and crevices in search of food and allows it to fit into tight spaces should it need to get out of harms way.
- Scientific Name: Doryrhamphus dactylophorus
- Origin: Indo-Pacific
- Lifespan: 5-10 years
- Max Size: 7 inches
- Food: live fish, shrimp and worms
- Shipping Size: 3 to 5 inches