Pipefish Filicampus tigris False Bay SG SA
This species is apparently common and has a wide distribution in Australia’s warm temperate/subtropical inshore waters eg Sydney Harbour,but the SA population is thought to be confined to upper Spencer Gulf as an isolated relict of the past (normal, cyclically) warmer sea temperature global phases,ie able to hang on during the cooler phases due warmer average water temps in upper Spencer Gulf,due in turn to our two main SA Gulfs being inverse estuaries with little water exchange wrt the Gulfs’ southern/lower aspects.
So,here they are not often recorded,but might be becoming more common due anthropogenic global warming (pure speculation by me).
Following Graham Short’s invaluable assistance in browsing some older slide film images I sent him,I can now say with confidence that this species F.tigris also occurs @ inshore Southern Fleurieu Peninsula on western seaboard thereof.
If I get around to rescanning those slides to higher resolution I’ll be able to convince most persons interested in Syngnathids that the above observation is correct.Site:Yankalilla Bay,depths of between 2 and 4 metres.
Source: via David Muirhead on Oceandiscover