Zebra seahorse

Posted by anthonyhealy on 12/5/2017

Observation details

When did you see it? Species guess Current ID
Zebra Seahorse Zebra seahorse
Hippocampus zebra

Description

Australian Museum expedition

Activity

markmcg commented
Wonderful observation @anthonyhealy ! Thank you for adding this, and other observations today. Much appreciated. :) I've sent you an invitation to Australasian Fishes.
projectseahorse commented
Amazing, the first ever observation of H. zebra added on iNaturalist! I have added your observation to iSeahorse too, as this will provide us with much-needed information on this species. Thank you for sharing @anthonyhealy !
anthonyhealy commented
In October 1962 the Australian Museum had and expedition to the Swain Reefs. I was along as a nonMuseum member to take photographs of collected specimens. The curator of fishes at that time was Gilbert Whitley and he made identifications of the specimens. Collections for fish were in two methods. Rotenone along the shoreline of the cay and dredging. H. zebra was the result of a dredge mainly at 38 fathoms. Problem is with a dredge everything is commensal. except for one or two photos all specimens should be in the Australian Museum collection. I cannot supply a date closer than Oct. 1962 as the ship was anchored at Gillett Cay for most of the time and I was brought specimens to photograph. A personal record of the expedition can be viewed at http://www.blurb.com/books/2903007
markmcg commented
Fantastic information @anthonyhealy. I didn't put 2 and 2 together. I'm almost certain that this photo shows the holotype of the species! According to the Australian Museum's database the fish was collected on 19 October 1962. You may wish to edit the observation to add the data. WELL DONE. The database does not include a fresh photo of the fish. :)
anthonyhealy commented
Hi Amanda. My book on the Swain Reefs trip is already in the Aust. Museum Library. When I first put it together Mark suggested to the Librarian ( Fiona ?) that they should get a copy which I believe she did.
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Wow, @anthonyhealy thank you for the link to your book, we will most definitely be buying that for our Aust Mus library. As @markmcg says it must be the fresh image of our holotype IB.6015 as it is the only specimen of that species we have in our collection. You have given us valuable information, our database did not have collection method. What a fabulous contribution you have made to inaturalist and the Aust Mus Collections. Cheers Amanda
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