Habitat and Ecology
This species may be particularly susceptible to decline. The limited information on habitat suggests they inhabit shallow sea-grass beds (Kuiter 1997) that are susceptible to human degradation, as well as making them susceptible to being caught as bycatch. All seahorse species have vital parental care, and many species studied to date have high site fidelity (Perante et al. 2002, Vincent et al. in review), highly structured social behaviour (Vincent and Sadler 1995), and relatively sparse distributions (Lourie et al. 1999). The importance of life history parameters in determining response to exploitation has been demonstrated for a number of species (Jennings et al. 1998).
From 1 to 46 meters.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.
Depth range (m): 57 - 57
Temperature range (°C): 25.235 - 25.235
Nitrate (umol/L): 2.844 - 2.844
Salinity (PPS): 35.241 - 35.241
Oxygen (ml/l): 4.133 - 4.133
Phosphate (umol/l): 0.431 - 0.431
Silicate (umol/l): 4.853 - 4.853
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Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hippocampus whitei
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- Needs updating
Hippocampus whitei was previously listed in 1996 as VU A2cd under the 1994 criteria. This assessment was based on suspected past declines in occupancy, occurrence and habitat, as well as on potential levels of exploitation. In reassessing the species under the new criteria and with greater taxonomic understanding we find that no appropriate data on biology and ecology, habitat, abundance or distribution are available for this species. Further research is needed. Assessed as Data Deficient under the new criteria.
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
New Holland seahorse
The New Holland seahorse, Sydney seahorse, or White's seahorse (Hippocampus whitei) is a species of fish in the Syngnathidae family. It is found in Australia and the Solomon Islands. Its natural habitat is subtidal aquatic beds .
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