Despite their name, ornate ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) are not really pipefish. They differ from true pipefish because they have dorsal fins along with enlarged pelvic fins, which the female uses to brood her eggs until they hatch. They spend the majority of their time in open water, returning to reefs and lagoons only for breeding. We saw this one in Anilao, Philippines. Read more in our post, Biodiversity from the Muck to the Reef: Scuba Diving Anilao, Philippines.