Hippocampus borboniensis   Dumeril  1870 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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

Maximum recorded adult height: 14 cm

Colour/pattern: Dusty green-brown with dusty yellow dots and marbling and broken lines on head; or dark and uniform

Trunk rings: 11
Tail rings: 35–36 (34–38)
Rings supporting dorsal fin: 2 trunk rings and 1 tail ring
Dorsal fin rays: 17 (16–18)
Pectoral fin rays: 15–16
Coronet: Low, with five rounded knobs
Spines: Well-developed rounded knobs

Other distinctive characteristics: Usually has prominent rounded eye spine

Similar species: H.fuscus and H.kuda

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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Dried for traditional medicine and curios; live for aquarium or hobbyist use.)

Habitat:  Benthic
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient


• Tamil Nadu, Thondi INDIA (Record: 2004)
• MAURITIUS (Record: 2004)
• MOZAMBIQUE (Record: 2004)
• MADAGASCAR (Record: 2004)
• COMOROS (Record: 2004)
• Kerala, Kochi, Sakthikulangara INDIA (Record: 2005)
• Kerala, Kozhikode INDIA (Record: 2005)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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
  • Salin, KR and Yohannan, M (2005) Fisheries and trade of Seahorses, Hippocampus spp., in Southern India Fisheries Management and Ecology 12 269-273 Available at - http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/118662924/PDFSTART

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