Microphis leiaspis (Bleeker, 1854)
Barhead pipefish
photo by Shao, K.T.

 Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
 Max. size:  19 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range - 5 m, amphidromous
 Distribution:  Africa: occurs in Madagascar. Southeast Asia and Oceania: Japan south to Indonesia and east to New Caledonia and Fiji.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 53-63
 Biology:  Found in streams, rivers, and estuaries. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). Males may be brooding at 11.25 cm SL.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   
 

 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 29.03.93
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 17.04.15
 Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.07.94

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