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Tiger-tailed and estuarine seahorses
How to tell them apart?
updated Oct 2016

It is hard to tell apart these two kinds of seahorses. According to the Singapore Red Data Book, the Tiger-tailed seahorse (Hippocampus comes) is usually found in coral reefs, while the Estuarine seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) is found mainly in seagrass areas near sources of freshwater. In Singapore, the Tiger-tailed seahorse is mainly found around the Southern Islands, while the Estuarine seahorse is found all around Singapore in shallow waters.

These two diagrams were taken from Lourie, S. A., Sarah J. Foster, Ernest W. T. Cooper, and Amanda C. J. Vincent, 2004. A Guide to the Identification of Seahorses. Project Seahorse and TRAFFIC North America. Washington D.C.: University of British Columbia and World Wildlife Fund.




Links
  • Project Seahorse: Lourie, S. A., Sarah J. Foster, Ernest W. T. Cooper, and Amanda C. J. Vincent, 2004. A Guide to the Identification of Seahorses. Project Seahorse and TRAFFIC North America. Washington D.C.: University of British Columbia and World Wildlife Fund.

References

  • Davison, G.W. H. and P. K. L. Ng and Ho Hua Chew, 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book: Threatened plants and animals of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore). 285 pp.

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