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Hippocampus capensis (Cape seahorse; Knysna seahorse)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Knysna /ˈnaɪznə/ seahorse or Cape seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) is a species of fish in the family Syngnathidae. It is endemic to the south coast of South Africa, where it has been found in only three brackish water habitats: the estuary of the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay, the Knysna Lagoon, and the estuarine portion of the Swartvlei system in Sedgefield. The limited range of this seahorse puts it at great risk of extinction.
View Wikipedia Record: Hippocampus capensis

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Hippocampus capensis

Attributes

Litter Size [1]  120

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Tsitsikamma National Park II 34343 Southern Cape, South Africa  

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

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Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africa

Distribution

Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Southeast; South Africa; Southeast Atlantic: endemic to South Africa. <i>Hippocampus capensis</i> has the smallest known range of any seahorse and was the first to be assessed as threatened on the IUCN Red List, in 1994. International trade is monitored through a licensing syst; Southeast Atlantic: endemic to South Africa. <i>Hippocampus capensis</i> has the smallest known range of any seahorse and was the first to be assessed as threatened on the IUCN Red List, in 1994. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (<b>CITES</b> II, since 5.15.04) and a minimum size of 10 cm applies.;

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1Life history and ecology of seahorses: implications for conservation and management, S. J. FOSTER AND A. C. J. VINCENT, Journal of Fish Biology (2004) 65, 1–61
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