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Hippocampus capensis (Cape seahorse; Knysna seahorse)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Cape seahorse or Knysna seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) is a species of fish in the Syngnathidae family. It is endemic to South Africa. It lives in the Keurbooms River in Plettenberg Bay throughout the Knysna Lagoon and up to Swartvlei in Sedgefield. The limited range of this seahorse (the smallest-known of any seahorse) puts it at great risk of extinction. It feeds on a variety of zooplankton.
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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

Species recognized by , , in Catalog of Life 2011
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <www.iucnredlist.org> Downloaded on 11 April 2013.
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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Institution information provided by International Species Information System - May 2011