Short-Snouted Seahorse

Short-snouted seahorse
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gasterosteiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Hippocampus
Species: H. hippocamus
Binomial name
Hippocampus hippocampus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Syngnathus hippocampus Linnaeus, 1758
  • Hippocampus antiquorum Leach, in Leach & Nodder, 1814
  • Hippocampus antiquus Risso, 1827
  • Hippocampus brevirostris Schinz, 1822
  • Hippocampus europaeus Ginsburg, 1933
  • Hippocampus heptagonus Rafinesque, 1810
  • Hippocampus pentagonus Ginsburg, 1937
  • Hippocampus vulgaris Cloquet, 1821

The short-snouted seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, is a species of seahorse in the family Syngnathidae. It is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the North Atlantic, particularly around Italy and the Canary Islands. Colonies of the species have recently been discovered in the River Thames around London and Southend-on-Sea.[3]

Their preferred habitat is shallow muddy waters, estuaries or seagrass beds.[3]


In the United Kingdom they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.


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