Siokunichthys bentuviaiis commonly referred to as Barred xenia-pipefish, Xenia Coral Pipefish. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
Our very special thanks for the first photo of this gorgeous little Xenia Coral Pipefish goes to Kati and Philipp Eschweiler, The Three P Holiday & Dive Resort Romblon, Philippines!
Kati found the this pipefish in a colony of Xenia soft corals and Philipp has taken this amazing photo at Romblon Island, Romblon, Philippines in 2005.
Siokunichthys bentuviai lives over sandy bottoms and in coral reefs in shallow water, where the pipefish lives among their branches, specifically seen in Xenia soft corals.
Siokunichthys bentuviai was described by 32 specimens collected in the 1960s in the Red Sea, currently there are unfortunately no further informations about its biology, ecology or population size, but scientist suppose, that this pipefish may be dependent upon soft corals of the genus Xenia.