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Identifying national conservation status, legislation and priorities for syngnathid fishes globally

Conservation assessments are central to determining the extinction risk of species. They help drive effective management plans and regulations to protect threatened species. The IUCN Red List has led the way in assessing over 120,000 species worldwide. Given that conservation of threatened species is the legal purview of national governments around the world, it is … Read more Identifying national conservation status, legislation and priorities for syngnathid fishes globally

Global extinction risk for seahorses, pipefishes and their near relatives (Syngnathiformes)

Few marine taxa have been comprehensively assessed for their conservation status, despite heavy pressures from fishing, habitat degradation and climate change. Here we report on the first global assessment of extinction risk for 300 species of syngnathiform fishes known as of 2017, using the IUCN Red List criteria. This order of bony teleosts is dominated … Read more Global extinction risk for seahorses, pipefishes and their near relatives (Syngnathiformes)

Habitat use by seahorses and pipefishes (family Syngnathidae) in Biscayne National Park, a marine protected area in southeastern Florida, USA.

Seahorses and their relatives, the pipefishes, (family Syngnathidae) are a group of charismatic marine fishes found in coastal habitats including estuaries, mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs. Knowledge of habitat use by species of conservation concern is important when evaluating the relative contribution of a marine protected area to recovery efforts. This study presents the results … Read more Habitat use by seahorses and pipefishes (family Syngnathidae) in Biscayne National Park, a marine protected area in southeastern Florida, USA.

Keeping seahorses and pipefishes in aquaria

Project Seahorse recognizes that a sustainable trade in syngnathids for the public aquarium market has a role to play in the conservation of seahorses and pipefishes (syngnathids). All consumers of syngnathids need to be mindful of the considerable pressures being placed on wild populations through habitat change, incidental capture in non-selective fishing gear, and direct … Read more Keeping seahorses and pipefishes in aquaria

Interspecific hybridisation of seahorses and pipefishes

Project Seahorse cautions against mating across different species (hybridization) of seahorses and pipefishes (syngnathids). Trade in hybrid offspring of such matings may compromise captive breeding programmes and release of hybrids poses high risks to wild populations. In order to reduce the potential for hybridization we recommend that anyone currently holding or intending to hold syngnathids: … Read more Interspecific hybridisation of seahorses and pipefishes

Exploitation and trade of Australian seahorses, pipehorses, sea dragons and pipefishes (Family Syngnathidae)

Seahorses and their syngnathid relatives have provided a focus for efforts to ensure sustainable use of marine resources, with new international trade controls (CITES Appendix II) implemented in May 2004. We demonstrate how a study of international trade can be used to assess relative levels of threat and set domestic research and conservation priorities. Australia … Read more Exploitation and trade of Australian seahorses, pipehorses, sea dragons and pipefishes (Family Syngnathidae)

Priorities for Syngnathid Research

Download report (pdf) Martin-Smith, K.  2006. Priorities for Syngnathid Research. Project Seahorse Technical Report No.10, Version 1.0. Project Seahorse, Fisheries Centre, The University of British Columbia. 10 pp.… Read more