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  • long snout 36-50% head
    D 26-33
    trunk + tail rings 14-16 + 34-39
    mottled green to red brown
    Syngnathus auliscus, Barred pipefish
    operculum: no ridges
    large C
    A: 2- 4
  • snout long, 50-63% head
    stripe: chin to rear body
    bar under eye
    D long base, 37-40
    trunk + tail rings: 17-21 + 43-50
    Syngnathus californiensis, Barcheek pipefish
    operculum: no ridges
    A 2-4
  • snout 56-63% of head
    chain pattern: green-brown + white edges of plates
    D long base, 40-46
    trunk + tail rings 16-18 + 39-43
    Syngnathus carinatus, Cortez pipefish
    operculum: no ridges
    A 2-4
    large C
  • snout 50-55% of head, stripes on side and below
    D long base, 34-46
    trunk rings 16-18
    body +/- pale bars
    Syngnathus macrobrachium, Large-fin pipefish
    operculum - no ridges
    large pectoral - reaches 3rd trunk ring
    A 2-4
    large C