Morphology Data of Hippocampus fisheri
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lourie, S.A., A.C.J. Vincent and H.J. Hall, 1999
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs other
Different appearance always different morphology between mature adults
Different colors
Remarks Males with brood pouch; females with ovipositor (Ref. 205).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral other
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Description: (based on 18 specimens): Adult height: 5.0-8.0cm. Rings: 11 + 37-38 (36-39). Snout length: 2.2-2.3 in head length. Dorsal fin rays: 17-18 covering 2-3+1-2 rings. Pectoral fin rays: 15 (13-16). Coronet: slightly raised with five tiny sharp points. Spines: small, but quite sharp; occasional spines expanded and flattened. Other distinctive characters: small, sharp, slightly hooked double eye and cheek spines; prominent, sharp, hook-like spine in front of coronet; two spines behind coronet. Color pattern: golden orange, red or pink; enlarged knobs brighter color; head, crown and snout orange brown; pouch paler than rest of body in males; some with blackish mottling.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hippocampus fisheri

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  suppressed/absent
Position    absent
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Froese, Rainer
Modified by Luna, Susan M.
Checked by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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