The Opossum pipefish (Microphis brachyurus) was described from Indonesia. Until recently it was believed that M. brachyurus is a species with a worldwide distribution and that the different populations should be distinguished on the basis of subspecies only. So M. lineatus (code 430104 on our stocklist) and M. aculeatus (code 149104) were regarded as subspecies of M. brachyurus for a long time. Currently the three pipefish are seen as full species.
Adults of M. brachyurus live in fresh water and the young are born in fresh water, too. But after given birth the offspring is drifted in the sea. Here they live in the plankton some time and then return to freshwater again. Rearing the tiny youngsters of this species in freshwater was not successful so far.
Some specimens of M. brachyurus have bright red stripes on the anterior part of the flanks. It is unknown what these stripes mean. It can be present in both sexes. Males can be easily distinguished from the females by the breeding pouch on the belly.
For our customers: M. brachyurus has code 430115 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale market.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
|Angaben zum Tier|
|Herkunft||Indonesien / Indonesia|
|Verfügbare Größe in cm||20-25|