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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Microdesmidae Wormfishes
Subfamily: Microdesminae
Genus: Microdesmus

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Microdesmus aethiopicus Eastern Central Atlantic 5.7 SL 1927
Microdesmus affinis Olivaceous wormfish Eastern Central Pacific. 1928
Microdesmus africanus Eastern Central Atlantic 7.4 SL 1979
Microdesmus bahianus Western Atlantic 5.1 SL 1973
Microdesmus carri Stippled wormfish Western Central Atlantic 5.3 SL 1966
Microdesmus dipus Banded worm goby Eastern Central Pacific 8.8 SL 1864
Microdesmus dorsipunctatus Spotback wormfish Eastern Central Pacific 1968
Microdesmus hildebrandi Eastern Pacific 1936
Microdesmus intermedius Eastern Pacific 1928
Microdesmus knappi Eastern Pacific 1972
Microdesmus lanceolatus Lancetail wormfish Western Atlantic 6 TL 1962
Microdesmus longipinnis Pink wormfish Western Atlantic 27 TL 1910
Microdesmus luscus Blind wormfish Western Atlantic 4.6 SL 1977
Microdesmus multiradiatus Eastern Pacific 1928
Microdesmus retropinnis Rearfin wormfish Eastern Central Pacific 11 TL 1882
Microdesmus suttkusi Spotside wormfish Eastern Central Pacific 10.4 SL 1966

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