Hippocampus denise, Lourie & Randall 2003

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: 23-24

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Hippocampus denise


H. denise Lourie & Randall 2003 

English common names. Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse.

Holotype. MZB 10920. Paratypes: BPBM 38955 (3); MZB 10921; USNM 368872-73View Materials (1, 3), 370526. Type locality. Banta Island , Indonesia (holotype, and one paratype)  ; Palau (other paratypes). Synonyms. None. 

Distribution. Australia (northeast), Indonesia, Malaysia (Borneo), Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu.

Notes. Some specimens of H. denise  from West Papua are red with large white tubercles. It is unclear whether these represent a separate species as specimens have yet to be collected. Further research is needed to understand the range boundaries of this species.


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