Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Syngnathiformes
(Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathidae
(Pipefishes and seahorses) > Hippocampinae
Etymology: Hippocampus: Greek, ippos = horse + Greek,kampe = curvature (Ref. 45335).
This species is a synonym of Hippocampus kelloggi Jordan & Snyder, 1901 according to Lourie et al., 2016 (Ref. 115213). This species record will be removed.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; non-migratory; depth range 9 - 10 m (Ref. 93157). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: restricted to the Red and Arabian Seas.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93157)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. This species is characterized by the following: D 20, A 4; trunk rings 11; tail rings 40; brood pouch extends over 7-8 rings; head length/snout length = 1.7 times the HL; snout 0.56, least snout depth 0.18; anterior pair of cheek spines are broad, blunt, directed to the anterior, running parallel to the lower jaw; 2 pairs of eye spines, where anterior pair longer than posterior, both are prominent; coronet straight with wedge-like ridges; body with 3 lines of spines on each side, dorsal, lateral, ventral extending to the posterior end of the head; lateral line short; colour (in ethanol) is brown with tiny pale spots (Ref. 93157).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Jawad, L., L. Al-Kharusi, J. Al-Mamry, 2011. On the occurrence of the Egyptian seahorse Hippocampus suezensis Duncker, 1940 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Acta Adriat. 52(1):137-140, (Ref. 93157)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .