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.
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.
Sisters Island, Dec 03
Pulau Hantu, Apr 04
seahorses on Singapore shores
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.
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.