American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various slim elongated fishes of the family Syngnathidae, living in temperate and warm seas and characterized by a tubelike snout and an external covering of bony plates.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the several lopho-branehiate fishes which have a long tubular snout like a pipe, as any member of the Syngnathidæ or Hippo-campidæ. The members of the latter family are more commonly called
sea-horses, the pipe-fishes proper having the body as well as the jaws slender. One of the best-known pipe-fishes is Siphostoma or Syngnathus acus, common in British waters. The best-known American species is Siphos-toma fusca or Synynathus peckianus.
- n. a small fish from the seahorse family
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any lophobranch fish of the genus Siphostoma, or Syngnathus, and allied genera, having a long and very slender angular body, covered with bony plates. The mouth is small, at the end of a long, tubular snout. The male has a pouch on his belly, in which the incubation of the eggs takes place.
- n. fish with long tubular snout and slim body covered with bony plates
“A skinny little fish called the pipefish is high on the list of wildlife oddities, for the male of the species is the one which gets pregnant.”
“The pipefish, which is related to the seahorse, has an unusual way of organising childcare.”
“This one contained a slab of grey stone from the Marecchia River Formation in Italy, bearing the complete skeleton of a 20+ centimeter specimen of Syngnathus acus, an extinct species of pipefish from the Lower Pliocene (about 3-5 million years old).”
“Other resident fish species include threespine stickleback, gunnels, sculpin and bay pipefish (Figure 1).”
“Fishes then in general produce their young by copulation, and lay their eggs; but the pipefish, as some call it, when the time of parturition arrives, bursts in two, and the eggs escape out.”
“Another pipefish, the Longsnout (Syngnathus acus) was common in these rivers and used to co-exist with the River Pipefish.”
“Just out of the corner of my eye they can hide like pipefish in reeds but I have seen the movement.”
“Stay at Lembeh Resort lembehresort.com, grab your underwater camera and follow your dive master as he points out the weird and the wonderful: frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, flying gurnards and devil scorpionfish.”
“But unlike most pipefish, which swim towards their prey, seahorses sit and wait for their little victims to pass by.”
“Seahorses evolved from straight-bodied pipefish left”
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