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Microphis brachyurus.jpg
Short-tailed pipefish (Microphis brachyurus)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Subfamily: Syngnathinae
Genus: Microphis
Kaup, 1853
Type species
Syngnathus deocata
(Hamilton 1822)

Microphis is a genus of pipefishes (stream pipefishes or river pipefishes) within the family Syngnathidae. Members of this genus are notable among the Syngnathidae for residing in mainly fresh and brackish waters.[1] Adults breed in coastal rivers, streams, or lakes, and fertilized eggs are carried by the male pipefish in a brood pouch extending along his entire ventral surface.[2]


The currently recognized species in this genus are:[3]


  1. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N. (ed). "Catalog of Fishes". California Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Kuiter, Rudie H. 2000. Seahorses, pipefishes, and the relatives. Chorleywood, UK: TMC Publishing. 240 p.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2018). Species of Microphis in FishBase. December 2018 version.