According to present knowledge, some 14 pipefish species are recognized in Europe, Mediterranean and Black Sea. We are presenting here the four species of Entelurus and Nerophis known along the European and Mediterranean coasts.
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How to recognize Entelurus and Nerophis ?
Entelurus pipefish have a very small caudal fin, almost invisible. Nerophis do not have any caudal fin : their tail is threadlike. ...
The males of both species carry their eggs stuck below their abdomen, without the protection of a pouch.