Ghost pipefish (Solenostomus) and crinoids have a symbiotic relationship, so divers should make their very best effort to spy any of the ghost pipefish species nearby a stalked crinoid.
This particular ghost pipefish is an ornate ghost pipefish, or sometimes known as harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus), and use the camouflage of similarly coloured stalked crinoids to their advantage. Females of the species use their camouflaging talents flawlessly to safeguard the pouch of eggs they keep stored in their pelvic fins.
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