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Hippocampus ramulosus  Leach in Leach and Nodder, 1814
Taxonomic Serial No.: 166498

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s): common seahorse
    common seahorse [English]
  Valid Name: Hippocampus Rafinesque, 1810
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: invalid - other, see comments   
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - minimum standards met  

  Reference for:    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Catalog of Fishes, 25-Mar-2013, website (version 25-Mar-13)  
  Acquired: 2013   
  Reference for: Hippocampus ramulosus   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Hippocampus ramulosus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Lourie, Sara A., Amanda C. J. Vincent, and Heather J. Hall  
  Publication Date: 1999   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Seahorses. An identification guide to the world's species and their conservation   
  Page(s): x + 214   
  Publisher: Project Seahorse   
  Publication Place: London, United kingdom   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-9534693-0-1   
  Notes: Updates and additional information avalable online at the Project Seahorse website   
  Reference for: Hippocampus ramulosus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Lourie, Sara A., Sarah J. Foster, Ernest W. T. Cooper, and Amanda C. J. Vincent  
  Publication Date: 2004   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: A Guide to the Identification of Seahorses   
  Page(s): ii + 114   
  Publisher: Project Seahorse and TRAFFIC North America   
  Publication Place: Washington DC, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-89164-169-6   
  Notes: Available online at   
  Reference for: Hippocampus ramulosus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Shiino, Sueo M.  
  Publication Date: 1976   
  Article/Chapter Title: List of Common Names of Fishes of the World, Those Prevailing among English-speaking Nations   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Science Report of Shima Marineland, no. 4   
  Page(s): 262   
  Publisher: Shima Marineland   
  Publication Place: Kashikojima, Shima, Mie, Japan   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0385-1109   
  Reference for: Hippocampus ramulosus, common seahorse   

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  Comment: Lourie et al. (1999:97) and Lourie et al. (2004:53) note that Hippocampus guttulatus 'has been widely called H. ramulosus, but re-examination of the H. ramulosus type specimen shows that it differs from the species discussed in this guide as H. guttulatus.' In other words, these are not conspecific, the correct name for the species in question is H. guttulatus, and H. ramulosus is not its synonym. Unfortunately, they did not take a stance on what the status and placement of H. ramulosus should be (other than not in synonymy of H. guttulatus), so until a better solution is available, ITIS is listing this name as a synonym of the genus (contra a 2002 regional checklist that incorrectly listed them as synonyms under the junior name)  



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