Short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus)

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Short-snouted seahorse
IUCN Red List species status – Data Deficient DATA
DEFICIENT

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  • The short-snouted seahorse is one of only two species of seahorse found on the north Atlantic coast of Europe.
  • The short-snouted seahorse favours shallow coastal habitats and is known to sometimes use artificial structures as holdfasts.
  • The scientific name Hippocampus comes from the Greek words for ‘horse’ and ‘sea monster’.
  • As with other seahorse species, it is the male short-snouted seahorse who carries the fertilised eggs in a special pouch before giving birth to the young.
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Short-snouted seahorse description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderSyngnathiformes
FamilySyngnathidae
GenusHippocampus (1)

Information on the short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

French
Cheval de Mer, Hippocampe, Hippocampe à Museau Court.
Spanish
Caballo Marino, Cabalo de Mar.
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Short-snouted seahorse status

The short-snouted seahorse is classified as Data Deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List (1) and is listed on Appendix II of CITES (2).

IUCN Red List species status – Data Deficient

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (July, 2011)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. CITES (July, 2011) 
    http://www.cites.org
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