BIOTIC Species Information for Hippocampus hippocampus
Researched byMarisa Sabatini & Susie Ballerstedt Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byNeil Garrick-Maidment
Scientific nameHippocampus hippocampus Common nameShort snouted seahorse
MCS CodeZG239 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumChordata SubphylumPisces
SuperclassGnathostomata ClassOsteichthyes
SubclassTeleostei OrderSyngnathiformes
Suborder FamilySyngnathidae
GenusHippocampus Specieshippocampus

Additional Information

Hippocampus hippocampus is one of two species of seahorses found in the British Isles, the other is Hippocampus guttulatus, which has a longer snout and elongated protuberances along the back of the neck, giving the impression of a 'horses mane'.

The exact size and distribution of the population of seahorses around the British Isles is not known at present. The British Seahorse survey is collating records currently and can be found

Please note: the biology of seahorses is poorly known and little information on Hippocampus hippocampus was found. Therefore, the following review is based in part on reviews of the biology of seahorses by Vincent (1996), Garrick-Maidment (1997) and Lourie et al, (1999). See also the British Seahorse Survey Report 2004 (Garrick-Maidment & Jones, 2004).

Taxonomy References Hayward et al., 1996, Froese & Pauly (ed.), 2004, Whitehead et al., 1986, Wheeler, 1969, Howson & Picton, 1997, Vincent, 1996, Garrick-Maidment, 1997, Garrick-Maidment & Jones, 2004, FishBase, 2000,
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