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Hippocampus spinosissimus  Weber, 1913

Hedgehog seahorse
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Actinopterígios (peces con aletas radiadas) > Syngnathiformes (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Hippocampinae
Etymology: Hippocampus: Greek, ippos = horse + Greek,kampe = curvature (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Weber.

Issue
The synonym Hippocampus arnei (= H. aimei) is considered valid in Catalog of Fishes, May 2010.

Medioambiente / Clima / Gama Ecología

; marino; salobre asociado a arrecife; no migratorio; rango de profundidad ? - 70 m (Ref. 52034).   Subtropical, preferred ?; 27°N - 36°S, 76°E - 155°E

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Indo-Pacific: Sri Lanka to Taiwan and Australia. This species has often been misidentified as Hippocampus histrix (Ref. 30915). International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04) and a minimum size of 10 cm applies.

Length at first maturity / Tamaño / Peso / Age

Maturity: Lm 10.4  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 17.2 cm OT macho / no sexado; (Ref. 53181)

Short description Morfología | Morfometría

Espinas dorsales (total): 0; Radios blandos dorsales (total): 16-20.

Biología     Glosario (por ej. epibenthic)

Found in the continental shelf, on muddy or sandy bottoms and in coral reefs. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). Length type refers to height (= TL - head length). Less desirable for traditional Chinese medicine, but use may increase with the rise in patent medicines.

Life cycle and mating behavior Madurez | Reproducción | Puesta | Huevos | Fecundidad | Larva

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

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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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