P7034519
Photo © David R, some rights reserved
Waigeo, ID (Google, OSM)
-0.2, 130.8333333
Accuracy: 50000m
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Bargibant's Seahorse - Photo (c) Steve Childs, some rights reserved (CC BY)
davidr's ID: Bargibant's Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
Posted by davidr over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Coleman's Pygmy Seahorse - Photo (c) 104623964081378888743, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
davidr's ID: Coleman's Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus colemani)
Posted by davidr over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Seahorses - Photo (c) Stavros Markopoulos, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
projectseahorse's ID: Seahorses (Genus Hippocampus)

Based on location and appearance it does not appear to be Coleman's Pygmy Seahorse, as only 4 specimens have been observed within Australia (Lord Howe Island). Based on the image and location provided, this seahorse could belong to: H. pontohi, H. satomiae, or H. severnsi. I am unable to state with total confidence which species in particular it is, as it would require counting fin rays and tail rings. It's a great photo though, thank you.
http://iseahorse.org/?q=content/seahorses-species

Posted by projectseahorse 11 months ago (Flag)
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At the time I confirmed this observation, I was under the impression that pygmies with a mottled, weedy appearance were all Coleman's, as some of my older references indicate. I only learned about pontohi, satomiae, and severnsi in the last year. I probably need to revisit a number of identifications, both here on iNat and in my photo library.

Posted by maractwin 11 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks for the comments. The local divemasters believed we were seeing H. pontohi during these dives. Not likely that they were counting fin rays and tail rings, so I'm inclined to agree that it could be any one of those three species.

Posted by davidr 11 months ago (Flag)
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Seahorses - Photo (c) Stavros Markopoulos, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
davidr's ID: Seahorses (Genus Hippocampus)
Posted by davidr 11 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks for the feedback! Unfortunately these species are still data deficient. There is some evidence to suggest that H. pontohi and H. severnsi are genetically the same species, but more work needs to be done before anything definitive can be said.

Posted by projectseahorse 11 months ago (Flag)
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Seahorses - Photo (c) Stavros Markopoulos, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
davidr's ID: Seahorses (Genus Hippocampus)
Seahorses - Photo (c) Stavros Markopoulos, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
Community ID: Seahorses (Genus Hippocampus)
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