Animal Species:West Australian Seahorse, Hippocampus subelongatus Castelnau, 1873

The West Australian Seahorse is a large species that is endemic to Western Australian waters.

Standard Common Name

West Australian Seahorse

Identification

Body colouration is quite variable.  Individuals can be brown, white, red, orange or purple, but can also change colour.

Size range

It grows to about 25 cm in length.

Distribution

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Hippocampus subelongatus

Habitat

The species lives in muddy, silty habitats of less than 20 m in depth.

Conservation Status

The West Australian Seahorse is protected species. It is listed under CITES Appendix II.

Classification

Species:
subelongatus
Genus:
Hippocampus
Family:
Syngnathidae
Order:
Gasterosteiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata

What does this mean?

Further Reading

Moore, G.  Fish in focus - The West Australian Seahorse.  Western Australian Museum Fish blog. Accessed 29 March 2013. http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/blogs/museumfish/fish-focus-west-australian-seahorse

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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