Posted by brodaga59 on 4/3/2019
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@projectseahorse I noticed an error too after some time, when I decided to check the current boundaries of the species range. Thanks for the help in identification!
@fishapod Sorry that was an error on my part. I changed my comment above to reflect this. I got overly excited and was using a older taxonomic guide which did not include confirmed distributions within this area. Apologies for the confusion. If anyone is interested here is a link to the IUCN Red List assessment for H. guttulatus with a description of its current distribution. https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/41006/67617766
@brodaga59 Wow this is so neat. We have never had a seahorse observation from this area before. Really cool, thank you for sharing. Was it still alive? Were you able to return it back to the water!?
@projectseahorse Could you please explain why you pointed out that this observation is outside the confirmed range for H. guttulatus? I'm not a seahorse specialist, but to my knowlege at least some Soviet and Russian researches mentioned that H. guttulatus (sometimes incorrectly identified as H. hippocampus) is qute common in nearshore waters of Black Sea including Krasnodar region. Moreover southern part of Azov Sea also has been included in the range of H. guttulatus, although it is a rare species there.
@projectseahorse I found him on the sea shore. Unfortunately he was already dead and was thrown there.
It can be hard to identify the species when they are juveniles but I believe this is Hippocampus guttulatus, the Long-snouted seahorse.