Posted by noosakev on 3/14/2018
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Washed up on beach and kept as a curiosity ever since it was found, probably in 2015.
An attempt to assist with ID of a different seahorse observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10145860
At 34mm it is probably a juvenile which makes things more difficult. The snout and coronet look too short to be H. whitei. Yeah, H. kelloggi could be a possibility although the body looks fatter than kelloggi.
@noosakev thanks for adding this specimen. This one does, however, look different to the previous seahorse. It always harder to tell with dried specimens but I think this one is H. kelloggi.
Thanks, @markmcg. If you know anyone who can identify turtles and/or is interested in obtaining the frozen but intact corpse of one let me know. See https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10238597
Hi @noosakev I'm alerting @daveh, @andrewtrevor-jones and @humuhumufish who are the 'go-to' seahorse guys. :)
This actually looks like a juvenile Hippocampus whitei, based on the small eye spine and shape/position of the coronet. Whilst I haven't ever seen a juvenile kelloggi, I don't believe its a kelloggi based on the spines. The only way we could conclusive work out what it is, would be to have tissue sample for CO1 sequencing.
markmcg suggested an ID
@noosakev Your fish keyed out nicely to Hippocampus alatus, the WInged Seahorse described in Rudie Kuiter's 2001 revision of Hippocampus. According to both the AFD and ALA, this species is now recognised as H. spinosissimus. Noosakev, yours is the first observation of the species for Australasian Fishes - well done! The fish will be returned to you asap.