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CAAB: 37282115

Species Hippocampus biocellatus Kuiter, 2001

False-eye Seahorse, False-eyed Seahorse



Lourie et al. (2016) regarded this species as a junior synonym of H. planifrons. Kuiter (2001) noted differences in coloration and body depth separating the two species, which Lourie et al. (2016) dismissed as possibly due to sexual dimorphism and/or ontogeny. We see little reason to synonymise the two species until further material becomes available.




Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Shark Bay region (26°09'S - 24°32'S) and Exmouth Gulf, WA; tropical.

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Province (29)

Ecological Descriptors

Algal beds, benthic, seagrass.

Extra Ecological Information



History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
27-Jul-2017 SYNGNATHIFORMES 02-May-2017 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett
25-Jun-2015 SYNGNATHIFORMES 04-Jun-2014 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED