Hippocampus colemani Kuiter, 2003
Coleman's pygmy seahorse
Hippocampus colemani
photo by Steene, R.

Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Hippocampinae
Max. size:  2.65 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 4 - 12 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Pasific Ocean: Ryukyu Islands, Papua New Guinea and Lord Howe Island. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13. Description: Characterized by absence of noticeable rings or tubercles on relatively smooth skin; rings 12 + 27 - 28; head and body is highly compressed (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). Found in sand bottoms with sparse Zostera and Halophilia in 4-12 m (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 18 August 2016 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 17.05.04
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 22.07.13

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