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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Syngnathidae > Genus Hippocampus
Tiger-tailed seahorse
Hippocampus comes
Family Syngnathidae
updated Dec 13

Where seen? This large seahorse with a black-and-yellow banded tail is sometimes seen on our Southern shores. According to the Singapore Red Data Book, the Tiger-tailed seahorse is usually found in coral reefs, in Singapore, mainly around the Southern Islands.

Features: 6-10cm long. Body without large, obvious spines. Colours seen include black, brown or yellowish with speckles. The tail is banded black and yellow. There are little white dots around the eye and on the cheeks.

It's difficult to tell this seahorse apart from the Estuarine seahorse (Hippocampus kuda). More on how to tell apart the Tiger-tail and Estuarine seahorses.

Status and threats: Seahorses are listed as CITES II (which means their international trade is monitored) and are considered globally vulnerable. Hippocampus comes is listed among the threatened animals of Singapore.

Tail is banded black and yellow.
Labrador, Jun 05

Little white dots around the eyes
and on the cheeks.

Labrador, Mar 06

Sisters Island, Dec 03

Pulau Hantu, Apr 04

Tiger-tailed seahorses on Singapore shores
Photos for free download from wildsingapore flickr

more photos of tiger-tailed seahorses on Singapore shores

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination of small features.
On this website, they are grouped by general large external features for convenience of display.



  • 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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