Shorefishes of the Greater Caribbean online information system

Español  Contact

Species: Microdesmus longipinnis, Pink wormfish

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

v elongate
uniform pink
D XIX-XXII, 45-53, origin before pectoral tip
A 37-48, origin under D elements 25-31
gill opening large, not tubular
low membranes join D & A to round C
scales well separated, sparse

Microdesmus longipinnis (Weymouth, 1910)

Pink wormfish

Slender, wormlike, very elongate, body height 4.2-8.1% of SL; snout moderately blunt; small, conspicuous eyes on side of head; interorbital about equal to eye diameter; front nostril a flared tube; rear nostril a pore with raised rim; mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw heavy, protruding, upper jaw extends to middle of eye; teeth in 2 irregular rows; tongue rounded; gill opening large (not tubular), at base of pectoral fin; one, long based continuous dorsal fin,  XIX-XXII, 45-53, fin originates in front of tip of depressed pectoral fin; anal fin 0, 37-48, origin under dorsal elements 25-31; dorsal and anal fins connected to tail fin by low membrane; pelvic fins minute, I, 3 rays; tail fin rounded; body sparsely covered with minute, embedded, well separated scales; no lateral line.

Uniform pink-tan.

Reaches: 27.0 cm.

Habitat: Burrows in shallow muddy and sandy bottoms.Often found in Callianasid shrimp burrows.

Depth: 5-10 m.

North Carolina to the S Caribbean.

  


High Resolution Map Download

Species Data Create Report Export as Word File Export as Excel File
Salinity
  • Marine
  • Brackish
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Extends South of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 27
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 10