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Genus: Anarchopterus, Pipefish, Pipefishes

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

snout short
D 15-21
C 10
lower body & tail ridges not joined
no A
brood pouch under tail



Snout short; ridge all along center of snout; ridge along operculum angles up and back; dorsal fin moderate length, 15-21 rays; no anal fin; no pelvic fins; pectoral fin rays 6-12; tail fin 10; upper body and tail ridges interrupted near rear of dorsal fin; lower trunk ridge ends near anus; side trunk ridge joins lower tail ridge under dorsal fin; body without spines, with scattered simple skin flaps; brood pouch under tail rings 13-20, pouch plates not very enlarged, pouch semi-open.

A W Atlantic genus with 2 species; one endemic to the Greater Caribbean and one W Atlantic species.