Shiho's seahorse

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Shiho's seahorse
Hippocampus sindonis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Hippocampus
H. sindonis
Binomial name
Hippocampus sindonis

Shiho's seahorse or painted seahorse (Hippocampus sindonis) is a species of fish in the family Syngnathidae. It is endemic to the Pacific coastal waters of Japan (from Wakayama pref. to Chiba pref.).[2] This species reaches a length of ca. 8 cm.[3] It was listed by the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable in 1996 and Data Deficient in 2003, but was later reclassified as Least Concern.[1] The specific name honours Michitaro Sindo, who was originally from Yamaguchi and who was assistant curator of fishes at Stanford University.[4]


  1. ^ a b Pollom, R. (2017). "Hippocampus sindonis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T10083A54906192. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T10083A54906192.en.
  2. ^ Han, Sang-Yun; Kim, Jin-Koo; Kai, Yoshiaki; Senou, Hiroshi (2017-10-30). "Seahorses of the Hippocampus coronatus complex: taxonomic revision, and description of Hippocampus haema, a new species from Korea and Japan (Teleostei, Syngnathidae)". ZooKeys (712): 113–139. doi:10.3897/zookeys.712.14955. PMC 5704180. PMID 29187790.
  3. ^ Hippocampus sindonis Jordan & Snyder, 1901. Fishbase
  4. ^ Jordan, D. S. & J. O. Snyder (1901). "A review of the hypostomide and lophobranchiate fishes of Japan". Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 24 (1241): 1–20. doi:10.5479/si.00963801.24-1241.1.