Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 75, Issue 3, pp 311–313

Threatened Fishes of the World: Hippocampus comes Cantor1850 (Syngnathidae)


    • Department of Biology, Stewart Biology BuildingMcGill University
    • Project Seahorse, Fisheries Centre, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL)University of British Columbia
  • Sara A. Lourie
    • Project Seahorse, Redpath MuseumMcGill University

DOI: 10.1007/s10641-005-0003-z

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Morgan, S.K. & Lourie, S.A. Environ Biol Fish (2006) 75: 311. doi:10.1007/s10641-005-0003-z


Hippocampus comes is presently exploited at significant rates in the central portion of – and possibly throughout – its range. The species is traded in dried form for traditional medicine and alive for the aquarium trade. Here we provide the most current life history, abundance and distribution information available for H. comes. These data should be helpful to researchers, and to management agencies in countries signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), tasked to implement strategies ensuring that trade is not detrimental to wild populations of H. comes (listed on Appendix II).

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