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Life Science Identifier (LSID):

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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats
Conservation status
IUCNData Deficient

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  • representative image of taxa
    Source: Australian National Fish Collection Images
    Image by: F. Steindachner, 1866 - Zur Fischfauna von Port Jackson in Australien
    Rights: F. Steindachner, 1866 - Zur Fischfauna von Port Jackson in Australien

Online resources

Australian National Fish Collection Images
Authoritative image, Images, Occurrence record
Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota
Encyclopedia of Life
Description, Images, Occurrence record
OZ Animals
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Reef Life Survey Images
Images, Occurrence record
Seafood Services Australia
CAAB Code, Author

Species Lists

RLS profile v3
Abundance: 1.333
Behaviour: The species is common in estuarine Posidonia beds and is particularly abundant in Sydney Harbour, but in southern waters only vagrants associated with drifting algae have been found
Common_Name: Whites seahorse;White's seahorse
Depth: 0–20 m
Description: White’s seahorse has 15–17 rays in the dorsal fin and a long snout
Distribution: Narooma to Newcastle, NSW.
Frequency: 0.145
Habitat: Sheltered seagrass, reef
IUCN_Threat_status: Data Deficient
Invasive: Not known to be invasive
Max_size: 150 mm
Range: 96.358
Threats: Illegal fishing for East Asian medicinal market
similar_species: The colour is variable, with browns and yellows dominant, and the body is usually flecked with fine white spots that are much smaller and more numerous than the spots on the shorthead seahorse
South Australian Fish from the AFD
Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Elongate bony body, long snout and tail, various shades of brown, grey, white.
Description : Usually very well camouflaged in various shades of brown, grey and black, usually matching its surroundings. It has an elongate, bony body and long snout and tail. Body length up to 20 cm.
Biology : Commonly seen holding onto the mesh of swimming enclosures, seagrass fronds or sponges, holding them in place for feeding or for stabilisation during turbulent water conditions. It feeds on mysids (small shrimp-like crustaceans), which it sucks in through the mouth and up the long tube-like snout. The male fertilises the eggs and cares for them for about three weeks (depending upon several factors including the temperature). During this time, he aerates the pouch, and most remarkably of all, nourishes the eggs through a capillary network in the pouch with his own 'placental fluids'. At the end of the 'pregnancy', the male gives birth to 100-250 fully formed young seahorses of about 1 cm in length, which swim away to care for themselves. The male then 'becomes pregnant' again almost straight away.
Habitat: Shallow temperate waters in seagrass, algae beds and under wharves in depths down to about 25 m.
Maximum size (cm): 20
Diet: Carnivore
Colours: Grey, Brown, Black, White
Distribution: Southern Australia
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Shallow (1-30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Mark McGrouther / Australian Museum
EPBC Threatened Migratory Marine in CMRs

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Hippocampus whitei


Synonyms Source
Hippocampus novaehollandiae Steindachner, 1866 Steindachner, 1866
Published in: Steindachner, F. 1866. Zur Fischfauna von Port Jackson in Australien. Sber. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Naturwiss. Kl. Vol. 53 (1) pp. 424-480 figs 1-7

Common Names

Common name Source
Common Sea-horse
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White's Seahorse
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Whites Seahorse
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Sydney Seahorse
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New Holland Seahorse
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Working classification

Hippocampus whitei  Recorded in Australia

Occurrence records

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