Microphis aculeatus (Kaup, 1856)
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 Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
 Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; pH range: 7.5 - 8.19999980926514; dH range: 20 - 30
 Distribution:  Africa: Dakar, Senegal to the vicinity of Ambrizette, Angola (Ref. 4127).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 41-51; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 2-3. Diagnosis: extremely elongate; tubular snout; tail shorter than head and trunk; body encased by bony plates or rings; 19-21 bony rings before, 22-24 behind, anus; anal and caudal fins present; dorsal fin beginning on trunk, extending mainly over tail; brood pouch of males on underside of trunk (Ref. 57226). Description: head length comprised from 4.8-5.6 times in SL (Ref. 57226). Coloration: preserved specimens dark brown, but often very variable, with black spots or bars on head and body (Ref. 57226).
 Biology:  Occurs in coastal rivers, streams and estuaries (Ref. 4127). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 02.05.94
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 01.10.13
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 01.09.94

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