Microphis brachyurus   (Bleeker,  1853) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 22.5 cm.

Color: Alcohol specimens dark brown, lighter below, trunk and root of tail dotted with minute white points. Operculum and anterior part of trunk with black spots. A dark diffuse lateral band from snout to tail.

Much elongated. Shields transversally striated, their keels serrated and terminating in a spine, most conspicuous in young, becoming obsolete with age. This is also the care with the edges on the head. Inferior cristae of trunk and tail discontinuous, median cristae of trunk and inferior cristae of tail continuous. Operculum with complete longitudinal keel and up to 9 (generally 2-4) radiating ridges below it. Head 4 1/4-5, tail without candal shorter than trunk, snout about 2 1/3 times the length of the postorbital part of the head, about 1.5 or more in length of head. Vent below or somewhat behind origin of dorsal. Caudal shorter than postorbital part of head, its middle ray enlarged and somewhat elongate.

Synonym (s)
Syngnathus brachyurus Bleeker, 1853
Syngnathus brachyurus Bleeker, 1854
Syngnathus polyacanthus Bleeker, 1856
Doryichthys Hasseltii Kaup, 1856
Microphis brachyurus Bleeker, 1860
Svngnathus Schlegeli Day, 1865
Microphis Bleekeri Day, 1865
Microphis fouani Dumeril, 1870
Doryichthys brachyurus Gunther, 1870
Doryichthys brachyurus Bleeker, 1875
Doryichthys Bleekeri Day, 1888
Microphis brachyurus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Corythroichthys Bleekeri Seale and Bean, 1908
Doryichthys brachyurus Gunther, 1910
Microphis brachyurus Duncker, 1910
Microphis branchyurus Kendall and Goldsborough, 1911
Doryrhamphus brachyurus Max Weber, 1913
Doryrhamphus brachyurus Sundara Raj, 1916
Dorichthys millepunctatus Kaup, 1856
Doryichthys auronitens Kaup, 1856
Doryichthys brachyurus (Bleeker, 1853)
Doryichthys hasselti Kaup, 1856
Doryichthys philippinus Fowler, 1918
Doryichthys pristipeltis Kaup, 1856
Microphis bleekeri Day, 1865
Microphis jouani Dumeril, 1870
Oostethus brachyurus (Bleeker, 1853)
Oostethus brachyurus brachyurus (Bleeker, 1853)
Syngnathus brachyurus Bleeker, 1853
Syngnathus polyacanthus Bleeker, 1856

Common Name (s)
• Short-tail Pipe Fish
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre Available at - http://www.unep-wcmc.org/
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
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  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at - http://www.eol.org/
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