Seahorse Species

Species sites | New Species | Barbour's seahorse | Big-belly seahorse | Dwarf seahorse | Lined, Hudson's or spotted seahorse | Long Snout Seahorse | Pacific seahorse | Other

Species sites

Fishbase, the most important place for seahorse species information. Top 5%

Seahorses and pipefishes in British seas. A somewhat random collection of information on seahorses in Britain, from the British Marine Life Study Society.

Fish Index: Sea horse facts and details. Includes basic facts, taxonomy, distribution and a photo.

New Species

Smallest seahorse discovered, on Project Seahorse researcher Sara Lourie's discovery of the tiny Hippocampus denise. From Project Seahorse.

Sara Lourie page, with a zoomable image of Coleman's seahorse, H. Colemani. Courtesy the Australian Museum Online. Top 5%

PDF: "Scientists find smallest seahorse" CBC Newsworld (made available by Fisheries Centre, University of BC). On Sara Lourie's finding of Hippocampus denise.

Abstract: "A new pygmy seahorse ... from Lord Howe Island" by Rudie H. Kuiter, Records of the Australian Museum (2003). On the discovery of H. colemani.

The eponymous Neville Coleman's website. He also discovered "Coleman's Sea Star," "Coleman's Flatworm," "Coleman's Sea Squirt," "Coleman's Shrimp," and almost a dozen other colemanii.

"World's Smallest Seahorse Discovered" from Reuters, May 9, 2003. Courtesy the Florida Museum of Natural History, Ichthyology Department.

Barbour's seahorse, (Hippocampus barbouri)

Barbour's seahorse (Hippocampus barbouri) from FishBase (see all syngathidae). Includes diseases section.

Huge, beautiful picture of the Barbour's (a.k.a. Zebra-snout seahorse), from Jeff's Nudibranch Site and Coral Reef Gallery. More found here.

Photos of the yellow seahorse or Barbour's seahorse (Hippocampus barbouri) from Fish Information Services.

Big-belly seahorse, (Hippocampus abdominalis)

Big-belly seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis) from FishBase (see all syngathidae). The big-belly seahorse entry has an entry for stamps.

Huge, beautiful pictures of the Hippocampus abdominalis, from Jeff's Nudibranch Site and Coral Reef Gallery. More found here.

Big-bellied Seahorse factsheet, from the Melbourne Aquarium.

Dwarf seahorse, (Hippocampus zosterae)

Amazon. The Complete Guide to Dwarf Seahorses in the Aquarium by Alisa Wagner Abbott.

Short positive review by Marc, on "Read it cover to cover in 2 /2 hours, couldn't put it down"

Dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) from FishBase (see all syngathidae).

Amazon. Realm of the Pygmy Seahorse: an Underwater Photography Adventure by Constantinos Petrinos. Good reviews.

Three huge, beautiful pictures of the Dwarf seahorse, from Jeff's Nudibranch Site and Coral Reef Gallery.

Dwarf seahorse species info from the Monteray Aquarium's "Saving Seahorses" site. Includes a video.

Lined, Hudson's or spotted seahorse

Huge, beautiful picture of the hippocampus erectus, from Jeff's Nudibranch Site and Coral Reef Gallery. See also his images of H. Kudas.

Animal Diversity: Hippocampus erectus (Lined seahorse/Hudson's seahorse/spotted seahorse), covering all the important bases. Animal Diversity is a University of Michigan project written by and for college students.

Hudson's sea horse, Hippocampus hudsonius, from Bigelow and Schroeder's book Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, from the United States Department of the Interior.

Lined seahorse (hippocampus erectus) by Brief description, range and habitat details.

Spotted seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) from FishBase (see all syngathidae). This entry has a diseases section.

Beautiful hippocampus erectus photo from Jeff's Nudibranch Site and Coral Reef Gallery. Excellent site with large images of nudibrachs (sea slugs to you and me). See his frequently asked questions and stamps.

Lined seahorse photo taken at Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras.

Long Snout Seahorse, (Hippocampus reidi)

Long Snout Seahorse (Hippocampus reidi)from FishBase (see all syngathidae). Excellent page gives basic information, and detailed information via hyperlinks.

Photograph of Reid's seahorse (Hippocampus reidi).

Yellow colored long snout Seahorse (Hippocampus reidi) on a set of sea rods at night in St Croix in the US Virgin Islands photo by Kasey Canton.

Longsnout seahorse species info from the Monteray Aquarium's "Saving Seahorses" site. Includes a video.

Potbelly seahorse species info from the Monteray Aquarium's "Saving Seahorses" site. Includes a video.

Buy the hippocampus reidi at Marine Depot Live. They warn the species is difficult to keep, and should be tried only by expert aquarists. See all seahorses.

Pacific seahorse, (Hippocampus ingens)

Pacific seahorse species info from the Monteray Aquarium's "Saving Seahorses" site. Includes a video.

Pacific seahorse field guide from the San Diego Natural History Museum. Nice page containing descriptions, range and habitat, natural history and conservation status.

Pacific seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) from FishBase (see all syngathidae).


Big-head seahorse (Hippocampus grandiceps) from FishBase (see all syngathidae).

Bullneck seahorse (Hippocampus minotaur) from FishBase (see all syngathidae).

Cape seahorse species info from the Monteray Aquarium's "Saving Seahorses" site. Includes a video.

Collared seahorse (Hippocampus jugumus) from FishBase.

White's Seahorse (Hippocampus whitei), from the Australian Museum Online's "Fish in Focus."

Crowned seahorse (Hippocampus coronatus) from FishBase.FishBase).

Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) from FishBase. Includes beautiful pictures.

Eastern spiny seahorse (Hippocampus hendriki) from FishBase.FishBase).

False-eyed seahorse (Hippocampus biocellatus) from FishBase.FishBase).

Giraffe seahorse (Hippocampus camelopardalis) from FishBase.

Great seahorse (Hippocampus kelloggi) from FishBase.

Half-spined seahorse (Hippocampus semispinosus) from FishBase.

Hedgehog seahorse (Hippocampus spinosissimus) from FishBase.

High-crown seahorse (Hippocampus procerus) from FishBase.

Hippocampus sindonis (Dhiho's seahorse) from FishBase.

Huge, beautiful picture of the West Australian seahorse, from Jeff's Nudibranch Site and Coral Reef Gallery.

Japanese seahorse (Hippocampus mohnikei) from FishBase.

Jayakar's seahorse (Hippocampus jayakari ) from FishBase.

Lichtenstein's Seahorse (Hippocampus lichtensteinii) from FishBase.

Lined seahorse/Hudson's seahorse/Spotted seahorse (all names for the Hippocampus erectus) from FishBase. Includes a stamps section, and a sounds sections.

Long-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) from FishBase.all syngathidae). Nice stamps section.

Longnose seahorse (Hippocampus trimaculatus) from FishBase.

Monte Bello seahorse (Hippocampus montebelloensis) from FishBase.

Narrow-bellied seahorse (Hippocampus angustus) from FishBase.

Northern spiny seahorse (Hippocampus multispinus) from FishBase.

Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) from FishBase. Includes diseases section.

Queensland seahorse (Hippocampus queenslandicus) from FishBase.

Réunion seahorse (Hippocampus borboniensis) from FishBase.

Sea pony (Hippocampus fuscus) from FishBase.

Short snouted seahorse (Hippocampus Hippocampus). Creature feature from the Marine Life of the Channel Islands, chosen by Pieter and Thamara Schmal.

Short-head seahorse (Hippocampus breviceps) from FishBase.

Short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus)from FishBase. Meaty entry includes a video and a stamps section.

Thorny seahorse (Hippocampus histrix) from FishBase (see all syngathidae). Beautiful pictures, but FishBase even gives you it's brain weight.

Tiger tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes) from FishBase.

West African seahorse (Hippocampus algiricus) from FishBase.

West Australian seahorse (Hippocampus subelongatus) from FishBase.

White's seahorse (Hippocampus whitei) from FishBase.

Winged seahorse (Hippocampus alatus) from FishBase.

Zebra seahorse (Hippocampus zebra) from FishBase.

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