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Hippocampus lichtensteinii  Kaup, 1856

Lichtenstein's Seahorse
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Syngnathiformes (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Hippocampinae
Etymology: Hippocampus: Greek, ippos = horse + Greek,kampe = curvature (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Kaup.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; non-migratory.   Tropical, preferred ?

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea. No exact localities are stated (Ref. 30915). If the type locality is in error this might be a synonym of the very similar Hippocampus zosterae. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04).

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 3.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm OT male/unsexed; (Ref. 30915)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Length type refers to height. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).

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Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Lourie, S.A., A.C.J. Vincent and H.J. Hall, 1999. Seahorses: an identification guide to the world's species and their conservation. Project Seahorse, London. 214 p. (Ref. 30915)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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