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; subclass Actinopterygii, order Syngnathiformes)

A family of marine tropical fish characterized by a very elongate body, a long compressed snout, a series of isolated dorsal spines, and a rounded tail fin. Found mainly in reefs or inshore rocky areas, they can be encountered swimming in an almost vertical position, hidden by sea-grass leaves or coral branches. There are about four species.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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