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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Hippocampus fuscus

      Max. size: 12.0 cm OT (male/unsexed)
      Environment: demersal; non-migratory; marine ; depth range 0 - 2 m
      Gazetteer Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, and Sri Lanka. Records from South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius and RĂ©union are questionable. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04).
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-17. Description: (based on 21 specimens): Adult height: 8.0-12.0cm. Rings: 11 34 (33-37). Snout length: 2.7 (2.4-3.0) in head length. Dorsal fin rays: 16 (14-17) covering 2 1 rings. Pectoral fin rays: 15 (14-16). Coronet: low, arch of neck a smooth curve, or slightly raised and rough. Spines: low, smooth to slightly developed. Other distinctive characters: head large compared to body; deep head. Color pattern: usually dark but can be bright yellow; specimens from Suez are pale with marbled pattern of brown lines on trunk and head.
      Biology: Length type refers to height (= TL - head length). Occurs in eelgrass beds (Zostera sp.) in lagoons
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