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Hippocampus guttulatus  Cuvier, 1829
Taxonomic Serial No.: 645018

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s):    
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  Current Standing: valid  
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  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                   SuperclassActinopterygii  – ray-finned fishes, spiny rayed fishes, poisson épineux, poissons à nageoires rayonnées  
                            OrderGasterosteiformes  – pipefishes, sticklebacks  
                               SuborderSyngnathoidei  – pipefishes, seahorses, hippocampes  
                                  FamilySyngnathidae  – pipefishes, seahorses, hippocampes, peces pipa y caballitos de mar  
                                        GenusHippocampus Rafinesque, 1810 – seahorses  
                                           SpeciesHippocampus guttulatus Cuvier, 1829  

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  Source: Catalog of Fishes, 13-May-2004, website (version 10-May-04)  
  Acquired: 2004   
  Reference for: Hippocampus guttulatus   
  Source: Checklist of CITES Species Part 1 CITES species index, CD-ROM (version 2011)  
  Acquired: 2011   
  Notes: UNEP-WCMC (Comps.) 2011. Checklist of CITES species (CD-ROM). CITES Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland, and UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ISBN 2-88323-030-7. Available online at or from CITES Secretariat, Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, Genève, Switzerland   
  Reference for: Hippocampus guttulatus   
  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 guttulatus   
  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 guttulatus   

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  Comment: CITES: Appendix II listed under Hippocampus, adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Doha, 2010)  
    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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