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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name:Hippocampus barbouri
      Max. size: 15.0 cm OT (male/unsexed)
      Environment: demersal; non-migratory; marine ; depth range 6 - 10 m
      Distribution: Western Central Pacific: southern Sulu Sea. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04).
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-22. Description: (based on 19 specimens). Adult height: 7.8-14.5 cm. Rings: 11 34-35 (33-36). Snout length: 2.2-2.3 (2.0-2.6) in head length. Dorsal fin rays: 19 (16-22) covering 2 1 rings. Pectoral fin rays: 17-18 (15-20). Coronet: medium-high; five sharp spines. Spines: well-developed, usually quite sharp eye spine; first dorsal trunk spine much longer than others and curved backwards; tail spines of different lengths (in regular series e.g. long, short, long, short). Other distinctive characters: double cheek spines, double spines below eye. Color pattern: white to pale yellow to pale brown; reddish brown spots and lines on body; snout often striped; fine lines radiating from eye.
      Biology: Unlike most seahorses, this species is often found clinging to hard coral and doesn't seem to be worried about stingers. Popular spiny seahorse in aquarium trade; often sold bleached for traditional Chinese medicine
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