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The ornate ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) is a small relative of seahorses from the Western Pacific. They spend most of their time hiding among crinoids and eating very small invertebrates. The females have a modified pelvic fin that they use as a pouch to carry young. They have a very wide range of color variation between individuals and can range from black and red to almost almost pure white. They spend a long time in their larval phase in deeper water and then come closer to shore when they are ready to reproduce their color variation may depend on what soft coral or crinoids they were hiding in at that time. I was not able to find any resources on how their color development works so if someone reading this happens to know about a paper on this I would be interested to see it. On the other hand every ichthyologist and their brother seems to want to write papers on that pelvic fin pouch.