Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Gasterosteiformes  
 Family Syngnathidae  
 Genus Microphis  
  Microphis leiaspis  (Bleeker, 1853) 
Provider: P. L. Lin 
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Synonyms:Coelonotus leiaspisCoelonotus liaspisCoelonotus vaillantiiHemithylacus leiaspisSiphostoma yoshiSynghnathus yoshiSyngnathus budiSyngnathus leiaspis  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2005);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)
Character: Body typically slender and elongate, without scales, encased in a series of bony rings. Snout longer, its length 2.2-2.6 in HL. Superior trunk and tail ridges discontinuous, the trunk ridge sometimes arches dorsad on subdorsal rings; inferior trunk ridge ends at anal ring; lateral trunk ridge confluent with inferior tail ridge. Median dorsal snout ridge low, entire; longitudinal opercle ridgevestigial or absent, lateral and inferior trunk ridges indistinct; withiut supplemental ridges on trunk; scutella without longitudinal keels; dermal flaps absent. Rings 16-18(usually 17)+ 30-34, darsal-fin rays 53-56, pectoral-fin rays 16-20. Pouch plates a litter convergent in brooding males. Largely plain and without distinctive markings, scutella sometimes narrowly margined with brown. 
Habitat: Found in streams, rivers, and estuaries. Males may be brooding at 11.25 cm SL. 
Distribution: Africa: occurs in Madagascar. Southeast Asia and Oceania: Japan south to Indonesia and east to New Caledonia and Fiji. It is found in eastern and northeastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No commercial value.  
Name Code: 381122
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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