from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. a small fish from the seahorse family

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fish with long tubular snout and slim body covered with bony plates


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  • 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).

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  • Other resident fish species include threespine stickleback, gunnels, sculpin and bay pipefish (Figure 1).

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  • 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.

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  • Another pipefish, the Longsnout (Syngnathus acus) was common in these rivers and used to co-exist with the River Pipefish.

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  • Just out of the corner of my eye — they can hide like pipefish in reeds — but I have seen the movement.

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  • Stay at Lembeh Resort, 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.

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  • But unlike most pipefish, which swim towards their prey, seahorses sit and wait for their little victims to pass by.

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  • Seahorses evolved from straight-bodied pipefish left

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