Definition of syngnathid in US English:



  • Any of a family of fish with an elongated snout and no ventral and first dorsal fins. It includes the sea moths, seahorses, and trumpet fish.

    • ‘Thus, most syngnathids appear largely confined to the uptake of small invertebrates.’
    • ‘In terms of their reproductive ecology, the syngnathids studied thus far fall into two broad categories.’
    • ‘The significance of syngnathids to conservation was recognized through their blanket protection in South Australia.’
    • ‘As a result of this listing, it is an offence to kill, injure, take or trade syngnathids and solenostomids in, or from, a Commonwealth area.’
    • ‘Different genera of syngnathids show varying degrees of male brood pouch development, culminating in the sealed seahorse pouch.’