This pipefish is only about 3 1/2
inches in length (9 cm). Typically found foraging near the bottom in
shallow waters among coral rubble, pipefish are long and slender like
a sea snake or perhaps a trumpetfish, though comparatively small. Belonging to the same scientific family as
seahorses (family Syngnathidae), they
are similar in appearance to seahorses, with small fins, rigid
bodies, and rough skin texture.
Identification: most likely Corythoichthys polynotatus,
common name "Yellow-spotted pipefish"