Hippocampus grandiceps Kuiter, 2001
Big-head seahorse
photo by Kuiter, R.H.

 Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Hippocampinae
 Max. size:  10.5 cm OT (female)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range - 10 m, amphidromous
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04) and a minimum size of 10 cm applies.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-18. Pectoral fin rays usually 18; trunk rings 11; tail rings 32-33; head long, 94-103% of trunk length; head angled down to near trunk (Ref. 42735).
 Biology:  Collected from shallow water (Ref. 42735). Maximum length is based on a straight-line length measurement from upper surface (ignoring spines) of first trunk ring, to tip of tail (Ref. 42735). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   

 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 19.07.02
 Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 31.05.17

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