Short-tailed pipefish

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Short-tailed pipefish
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Microphis
M. brachyurus
Binomial name
Microphis brachyurus
(Valenciennes, 1842)
  • Syngnathus brachyurus Bleeker, 1854
  • Doryichthys brachyurus (Bleeker, 1854)
  • Oostethus brachyurus (Bleeker, 1854)
  • Syngnathus polyacanthus Bleeker, 1856
  • Doryichthys hasselti Kaup, 1856
  • Doryichthys auronitens Kaup, 1856
  • Doryichthys pristipeltis Kaup, 1856
  • Microphis bleekeri Day, 1865
  • Microphis jouani Duméril, 1870
  • Doryichthys philippinus Fowler, 1918

The short-tailed pipefish (Microphis brachyurus) is a species of fish in the family Syngnathidae. It is found in fresh and brackish waters from Sri Lanka and India east to southern Japan and the Society Islands.[2] It inhabits places with little or no current in rivers, streams and estuaries.[3]

It formerly included three subspecies, but these are now regarded as separate species: Microphis aculeatus of the East Atlantic region, Microphis lineatus of the West Atlantic and Caribbean regions, and Microphis millepunctatus of the Western Indian Ocean region.[2][4]

The short-tailed pipefish reaches up to 22 cm (8.7 in) in standard length.[3]


  1. ^ NatureServe & Sparks, J.S (2017). "Microphis brachyurus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T181547A58325804. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T181547A58325804.en.
  2. ^ a b Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Microphis species". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Microphis brachyurus" in FishBase. December 2018 version.
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). Species of Microphis in FishBase. December 2018 version.