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Hippocampus fisheri

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII SYNGNATHIFORMES SYNGNATHIDAE

Scientific Name: Hippocampus fisheri
Species Authority: Jordan & Evermann, 1903
Common Name(s):
English Fisher's Seahorse

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2002
Date Assessed: 2002-01-01
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Project Seahorse
Reviewer(s): Vincent, A.C.J., Marsden, D. & Lafrance, P. (Syngnathid Red List Authority)
Justification:
There are no appropriate data on biology, ecology, habitat, abundance, or distribution available to assess the status of this species. Further research is required.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: H. fisheri is known from Hawaii. A single specimen from Lord Howe Island, Australia is tentatively assigned to this species, although further specimens need to be seen to confirm its occurrence there (Lourie et al. 1999). Similarly, further specimens from New Caledonia need to be examined to confirm the species' occurrence in that region.
Countries:
Native:
United States (Hawaiian Is.)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Present - origin uncertain:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Habitat preferences for this species are currently unknown. This species may be particularly susceptible to decline. All seahorse species have vital parental care, and many species studied to date have high site fidelity (Perante et al. 2002, Vincent et al. in review), highly structured social behaviour (Vincent and Sadler 1995), and relatively sparse distributions (Lourie et al. 1999). The importance of life history parameters in determining response to exploitation has been demonstrated for a number of species (Jennings et al. 1998).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Current threats to the species are unknown. The species may be particularly susceptible to decline. All seahorse species have vital parental care, and many species studied to date have high site fidelity (Perante et al. in review, Vincent et al. in review), highly structured social behaviour (Vincent and Sadler 1995), and relatively sparse distributions (Lourie et al. 1999). The importance of life history parameters in determining response to exploitation has been demonstrated for a number of species (Jennings et al. 1998).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: As of 1998, all syngnathids caught in Australian waters require export permits. Further research is needed on this species. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Project Seahorse 2002. Hippocampus fisheri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 November 2014.
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