First occurrence of the lined seahorse Hippocampus erectus in the eastern Atlantic Ocean

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication: 2009

Authors: Woodall, LC, Koldewey HJ, Santos SV, Shaw PW

Journal: Journal of Fish Biology

Volume: 75

Issue: 6

Pagination: 1505 - 1512

Date Published: 10/2009

ISSN: 10958649

Keywords: Azores, DNA sequencing, Hippocampus, movement


A seahorse specimen from Banco Ac¸ores (Azores Archipelago) was identified using morphological and molecular genetic data as Hippocampus erectus. This specimen represents the first record of H. erectus in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, well outside its reported range, and may provide evidence of long-distance translocation in what are assumed to be relatively sedentary fish.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2009.02371.x