Animal Species:West Australian Seahorse, Hippocampus subelongatus Castelnau, 1873
The West Australian Seahorse is a large species that is endemic to Western Australian waters.
Body colouration is quite variable. Individuals can be brown, white, red, orange or purple, but can also change colour.
It grows to about 25 cm in length.
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.
The species lives in muddy, silty habitats of less than 20 m in depth.
The West Australian Seahorse is protected species. It is listed under CITES Appendix II.
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
- 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