Tag: Common (H. Taeniopterus) or Estuarine Sea-Horse (H. Kuda)

Due to their scarcity and the similarity between many related species, identification of the few locally occurring species can prove very difficult. Two species, the Common Sea-Horse (Hippocampus Taeniopterus) and the Estuarine Sea-Horse (Hippocampus Kuda) seem particularly difficult to tell apart in a natural setting.

There appears to be a confusing mix-up of scientific names for certain species of Sea-Horse, with some references claiming the H. Kuda is actually a "catch-all" for a group of separate species whilst others list it as a unique species.

To add to the confusion, some references even list the Common AND Estuarine Sea-Horses as the same species under H. Kuda!!

Until i can positively ID one, or both species as being those found in local waters, and also find a definitive answer to the scientific name conundrum, I'm going to put photos of either/both of these suspects into this group in the assumption that they are separate species.

This is definitely a family group for which i'd welcome any additional or specialist knowledge.

Due to their scarcity and the similarity between many related species, identification of the few locally occurring species can prove very difficult. Two species, the Common Sea-Horse (Hippocampus Taeniopterus) and the Estuarine Sea-Horse (Hippocampus Kuda) seem particularly difficult to tell apart in a natural setting.

There appears to be a confusing mix-up of scientific names for certain species of Sea-Horse, with some references claiming the H. Kuda is actually a "catch-all" for a group of separate species whilst others list it as a unique species.

To add to the confusion, some references even list the Common AND Estuarine Sea-Horses as the same species under H. Kuda!!

Until i can positively ID one, or both species as being those found in local waters, and also find a definitive answer to the scientific name conundrum, I'm going to put photos of either/both of these suspects into this group in the assumption that they are separate species.

This is definitely a family group for which i'd welcome any additional or specialist knowledge.

Alan's picture
Common (Hippocampus Taeniopterus) or Estuarine Sea-Horse (H. Kuda)

I found this Sea-Horse lying in the sand, approximately 50m out from the reef at Mae Haad/Koh Ma.