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D. japonicus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Subfamily: Syngnathinae
Genus: Doryrhamphus
Kaup, 1856
Type species
Doryrhamphus excisus
Kaup, 1856

Doryrhamphus is a genus of pipefishes, one of the two genera colloquially known as flagtail pipefishes and are popular in the aquarium trade. The members of this genus are native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans where they inhabit reef environments. The species in this genus have a maximum length of 14 centimetres (5.5 in) or less, with D. janssi being the only species that surpasses 8.5 centimetres (3.3 in). Most species have a horizontal blue line along their body, and all have a whitish-edged tail that is marked contrastingly with black, red or yellow.


There are currently six recognized species in this genus:[1]

A narrowstripe pipefish (Doryrhamphus bicarinatus).


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Doryrhamphus in FishBase. October 2012 version.

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