Morphology Data of Hippocampus zosterae
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Lourie, S.A., A.C.J. Vincent and H.J. Hall, 1999
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs other
Different appearance always different morphology between mature adults
Different colors
Remarks Males with brood pouch; females with ovipositor (Ref. 205). Males have longer tail and snout than females (Ref. 52034).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking shape of body
Body shape lateral other
Cross section angular
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout tube-like
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales
Diagnosis

Description: (based on 31 specimens): Adult height: 2-2.5cm. Rings: 9-10+31-32. Snout length: 4.2-4.3 in head length. Dorsal fin rays: 12 covering 2+0 rings. Pectoral fin rays: 11-12. Coronet: high, columnar or knob-like, without spines or projections. Spines: low or knob-like. Other distinctive characters: short snout <1/3 head length; skin often covered in tiny warts. Color pattern: beige, yellow, green, black; mottling variable (distinct to absent); may have white markings like splashes of paint; some specimens with dark spots.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hippocampus zosterae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 12 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes other (see remark)

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   11 - 12
Pelvics Attributes  suppressed/absent
Position    absent
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Froese, Rainer
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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