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      West Australian Seahorse

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      mojoreef


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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name:Hippocampus subelongatus
      Max. size: 20.0 cm OT (male/unsexed)Environment: demersal; non-migratory; marine ; depth range 1 - 25 m
      Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean: southwest Australia. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04).
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-20. Description: (based on 23 specimens): Adult height: 13.0-20.0cm. Rings: 11 34 (33-36). Snout length: 2.1 (1.9-2.3) in head length. Dorsal fin rays: 18 (16-20) covering 2 1 rings. Pectoral fin rays: 17 (16-18). Coronet: high to very high, with an expanded rounded top (larger and more fluted in females, smaller and more rounded in males). Spines: low, rounded bumps only Other distinctive characters: very thick rings; narrow body; usually double rounded cheek spines; long snout (about 1/2 head length); prominent rounded eye spine. Color pattern: usually pale with net-like pattern of reticulating brown lines over body and tail; may be yellow, orange, black, purple, white, cream or pink; brown ring around spines; striped snout; dark vertical line edging either side of dorsal surface of trunk.
      Biology: Found on edge of rocky areas, muddy bottom and areas of high sediment load; jetty piles and moorings; often associated with sponges or sea squirts or attached to man-made objects; move to deeper waters in winter. Length type refers to height
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