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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Microdesmidae
Subfamily: Microdesminae

Wormfishes are a subfamily, Microdesminae, of goby-like fishes in family Microdesmidae of the order Perciformes.[1]

They are found in shallow tropical waters, both marine and brackish, often burrowing in estuarine mud. They are small fishes, the largest species reaching only about 12 cm in length.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Microdesmidae" in FishBase. December 2013 version.