Journal archives for June 2015

June 01, 2015

May's featured iSeahorse observation: H. kuda by Victoria_Carberry

Dear iSeahorse friends,

Our May observation of the month comes from Negros, Philippines. Victoria_carberry spotted this common seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) on a sandy bottom.

Making its home in shallow waters up to eight metres deep, H. kuda is found in seagrass beds, mangrove forests, muddy bottoms, and shallow reef flats everywhere from the Pacific, through Asia, all the way to the Middle East.

Despite its large natural range, the species faces numerous threats. It's one of the most-traded species for traditional Chinese medicine, aquarium display, and curios.

Other threats include incidental catch by trawlers and other fisheries and by habitat destruction caused by coastal development. It's listed as 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Thanks to Victoria for posting!

The iSeahorse Team

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June 26, 2015

Featured Observation: Bargibant's pygmy seahorse by Heng Pei Yan

June’s featured observation comes from Lembeh Strait, Indonesia, where Heng Pei Yan spotted this ethereal-looking Bargibant’s pygmy seahorse (H. bargibanti) on a seafan at a depth of about 22 metres.

Making its home among gorgonian corals as shallow as 16 metres and as deep as 40, H. bargibanti is found in southeast Asia, sometimes in colonies of five, ten, or even fifteen animals.

So if you spot one of these little seahorses (they grow only to about 2 cm) in the wild, be sure to keep looking. You might spot many more!

Very little is known about the threats to H. bargibanti. The species is listed as 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Thanks to Heng Pei Yan for posting!

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