Hippocampus kelloggi   Jordan and Snyder,  1901 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Syngnathiformes
Family:Syngnathidae

Image copyrights: Ernest W.T. Cooper, TRAFFIC North America

Description

Maximum recorded adult height: 28 cm

Color: Pale with white spots running in vertical lines

Trunk rings: 11
Tail rings: 40 (39–41)
Rings supporting dorsal fin: 2 trunk rings and 1 tail ring
Dorsal fin rays: 18 (17–19)
Pectoral fin rays: 18 (17–19)
Coronet: High, with five short spines and high plate in front of coronet
Spines: Low and rounded; slightly better developed in younger specimens, but still blunt-tipped

Body is narrow with a deep head, body rings are thick, spines are low and rounded. Cheek spine is low, rounded and backward pointing. Coronet medium to high with five short spines.

Similar species: H. algiricus, H. ingens, H. kuda, H. spinosissimus

Synonym (s)
Hippocampus suezensis Duncker, 1940

Common Name (s)
• Kellogg's Seahorse (English)
• Great Seahorse (English)
• Offshore Seahorse (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Dried for traditional medicine and curios, live for aquarium and hobbyist use.)

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Muddy
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel INDIA
• INDONESIA
• PAKISTAN
• THAILAND
• TANZANIA
• BAHRAIN
• BANGLADESH
• DJIBOUTI
• EGYPT
• IRAN
• KUWAIT
• MYANMAR
• OMAN
• QATAR
• SEYCHELLES
• SINGAPORE
• SOMALIA
• SRI LANKA
• YEMEN

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Murugan, A; Dhanya, S; Rajagopal, S and Balasubramanian, T (2008) Seahorses and pipefishes of the Tamil Nadu coast Current Science 95 (2) 253-260 Available at - http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/jul252008/253.pdf
  • Lourie, SA; Foster, SJ; Cooper, EWT and Vincent, ACJ (2004) A guide to the identification of Seahorses Project Seahorse and TRAFFIC North America. Washington D.C.: University of British Columbia and World Wildlife Fund. 1-114 Available at - http://seahorse.fisheries.ubc.ca

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