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/The Conscientious Aquarist

Of Leafy Dragons, Pipefishes, Seahorses;  Family Syngnathidae.
Seahorses part 2

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By Bob Fenner

 
Hippocampus barbouri Jordan & Richardson, 1908, Barbour's Seahorse. Western Central Pacific: southern Sulu Sea of the Philippines and Malaysia. To nearly six inches tall. White, brown, yellow w/ reddish dots. Radiating lines on snout. Popular spiny seahorse in aquarium trade and "Chinese medicine". Aquarium pic. 

Hippocampus capensis Boulenger 1900, the Knysna Seahorse. Southeast Atlantic; South Africa endemic. To three inches in height typically. Here is a juvenile of about an inch, in captivity at the Birch Aquarium, San Diego, CA. USA.

Hippocampus colemani Kuiter 2003, Coleman's Pygmy Seahorse. SW Pacific. (provisional assignment... aka "Pontohi's" Seahorse in Sulawesi.). May be a different species altogether. S. Sulawesi pic.  http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/species Summary.php?ID=61638&genusname= Hippocampus&speciesname=colemani

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Hippocampus denise Lourie & Randall 2003. Denise's Seahorse. To about an inch in length (stretched out). Western Pacific; Malaysia, N. Sulawesi, Micronesia. Found in association with seafans; Annella reticulata, Muricella sp., Echinogorgia sp.  http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Country/
CountrySpecies Summary.cfm?Country=
Indonesia&Genus= Hippocampus&Species=denise

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Hippocampus histrix Kaup 1856, the Thorny or Spiny Seahorse. Indo-Pacific; East Africa to Hawai'i in shallow, sandy habitats, usually associated with macro-algae. Color variable; red, orange, yellow... long shout with white speckling. To 17 cm. in length. Common species in the pet-fish and traditional Chinese medicine interests. N. Sulawesi pix. 


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Hippocampus ingens Girard 1858, the Pacific Seahorse. Eastern Pacific; Southern California to Peru, including the Galapagos Islands. To a foot in height. Nocturnal. Found out and about during the night, feeding. Galapagos pix. http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/Species Summary.cfm?ID=3284&genusname= Hippocampus&speciesname=ingens


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