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

A seahorse specimen from Banco Acores (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.

Woodall, L.C., H.J. Koldewey, S.V. Santos and P.W. Shaw. 2009. First occurrence of the lined seahorse Hippocampus erectus in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology 75(6):1505-1512. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2009.02371.x