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Microdesmus longipinnis  (Weymouth, 1910)

Pink wormfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Microdesmidae (Wormfishes) > Microdesminae
Etymology: Microdesmus: Greek, mikros = small + Greek, desmos = link (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 5 - 10 m (Ref. 10815).   Subtropical; 37°N - 8°N, 98°W - 60°W

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Western Atlantic: Bermuda, North Carolina (USA), and northern Gulf of Mexico to the Cayman Islands. Eastern Atlantic: only known from two specimens (one extant) from Joal, Senegal (Ref. 10815, 81289). This species’ appearance in brackish waters of West Africa is likely to be very rare, but cannot be discounted (Ref. 81289).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 19 - 23. Diagnosis: 62-80 (usually 66-75) total dorsal fin rays, including 19-23 spines; 36-52 (usually 40-47) total anal fin rays; anal fin usually originating between verticals from dorsal fin elements 25-31; caudal fin rounded (Ref. 81289). Coloration: (based on description of juvenile pigmentation, by Smith&Thacker 2000): body tan, with melanophores scattered over flanks and dorsum, forming a stripe on dorsum and a thinner stripe on flanks; mottled pigmentation on head (Ref. 81289).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Known from muddy littoral and estuarine habitats (Ref. 81289). Burrows in shallow muddy and sandy bottoms (Ref. 7251). Postlarvae and early juveniles (to ca 2-2.5 cm SL) may occur in surface plankton to distances of 15 km or more offshore; subadults and adults occasionally found swimming near the surface at night (Ref. 10815).

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Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.9   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.