Hippocampus satomiae, Lourie & Kuiter 2008

Sara A. Lourie, Riley A. Pollom & Sarah J. Foster, 2016, A global revision of the Seahorses Hippocampus Rafinesque 1810 (Actinopterygii: Syngnathiformes): Taxonomy and biogeography with recommendations for further research, Zootaxa 4146 (1), pp. 1-66: 38

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Hippocampus satomiae


H. satomiae Lourie & Kuiter 2008 

English common names. Satomi’s Pygmy Seahorse.

Synonyms. H. waleananus Gomon and Kuiter 2009  .

Distribution. Brunei, Indonesia (Kalimantan), Malaysia (Sabah).

Holotype. NMV A25420-001. Paratype: NMV A25420-002.

Type locality. Derawan Island, Kalimantan  , Indonesia.

Notes. Hippocampus waleananus  was described based on a single specimen. Differences cited included tail rings (32 vs. 27–28 for H. satomiae  ) and dorsal fin rays (12 versus 13-14), however a lack of other differences, and its apparent distribution entirely encompassed within the distribution of H. satomiae  , lead us to synonymize it under H. satomiae  (Appendix M). Further surveys and molecular studies in the region are needed to confirm this.