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Seahorses

A Life-Size Guide to Every Species

Sara A. Lourie

Seahorses

Sara A. Lourie

160 pages | 100 color plates | 6 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780226338415 Published May 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
E-book $18.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226338552 Published May 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Absolutely captivating creatures, seahorses seem like a product of myth and imagination rather than of nature. They are small, elusive, and are named for their heads, which are shaped like miniature ponies with tiny snouts. They swim slowly upright by rapidly fanning their delicate dorsal fin, coil their tails to anchor themselves in a drift, and spend days in a dancing courtship. Afterward, it is the male who carries the female’s eggs in his pouch and hatches the young. Seahorses are found worldwide, and they are highly sensitive to environmental destruction and disturbance, making them the flagship species for shallow-water habitat conservation. They are as ecologically important as they are beautiful.

Seahorses celebrates the remarkable variety of seahorse species as well as their exquisiteness. 57 species, including seadragons and pipefish, are presented in lush, life-size photographs alongside descriptive drawings, and each entry includes detailed and up-to-date information on natural history and conservation. Sara Lourie, a foremost expert on seahorse taxonomy, presents captivating stories of species that range from less than an inch to over a foot in height, while highlighting recent discoveries and ecological concerns. Accessibly written, but comprehensive in scope, this book will be a stunning and invaluable reference on seahorse evolution, biology, habitat, and behavior.

Masters of camouflage and rarely seen, seahorses continue to be a fascinating subject of active research. This visually rich and informative book is certain to become the authoritative guide to these charming and unusual wonders of the sea, beloved at aquariums the world over.
Contents
INTRODUCING SEAHORSES
          WHAT ARE SEAHORSES?
                 Horses of the Sea
                 The family Syngnathidae
                 Myths and Legends
 
          MORPHOLOGY
                 Adaptations of head
                 Bony plates
                 Prehensile tail
                 Fins
                 Pouch
                 Internal organs
                 Camouflage
 
          LIFE HISTORY & BEHAVIOUR
                 Life-span
                 Holdfasts
                 Home ranges
                 Feeding
                 Predators
         
          COURTSHIP & REPRODUCTION
                 Pair bonds & Greetings
                 Courtship & Mating
                 Eggs, Pregnancy & Birth
                 Seahorse Offspring
         
          DISTRIBUTION
                 Habitats
                 Map of distribution
                 Dispersal
                 Molecular evidence
 
 
          EVOLUTION
                 Fossil evidence
                 Genetics and phylogeny
                 Major clades within Hippocampus
                 Morphological changes
         
          TRADE
                 Traditional Medicine
                 Aquaria
                 Curios
                 Sources
 
          CONSERVATION
                 Seahorses as flagships
                 Population declines
                 Destructive fishing
                 Livelihoods and conservation
                 Aquaculture
                 IUCN Red List
                 CITES and national legislation
                 Project Seahorse
                 iSeahorse
                 How you can help
 
THE SPECIES
          SEAHORSES
          Introduction to the Species
                 Pygmy seahorses
         
                          H. bargibanti
                          H. colemani
                          H. denise
                          H. pontohi
                           H. satomiae
                          H. waleananus
                 Temperate Australasian species
                          H. abdominalis
                          H. breviceps
                 Spiny, striped-snout clade
                          H. angustus
                          H. barbouri
                          H. comes
                          H. histrix
                          H. jayakari
                          H. procerus
                          H. subelongatus
                          H. whitei
                 Three-spot seahorses
                          H. camelopardalis
                          H. planifrons
                          H. trimaculatus
                 Japanese miniatures
                          H. coronatus
                 H. mohnikei
                          H. sindonis
         
                 Semi-spiny H. kuda relatives
                          H. kelloggi
                          H. spinosissimus
                 Hippocampus kuda clade
                          H. algiricus
                          H. borboniensis
                          H. capensis
                          H. fisheri
                          H. fuscus
                          H. ingens
                          H. kuda
                 H. reidi
                 Basal kuda-oid species
                          H. guttulatus
         
                 Hippocampus erectus clade
                          H. erectus
                          H. hippocampus
                          H. patagonicus
                
Species of uncertain placement
                          H. debelius
                          H. jugumus
                          H. minotaur
                          H. montebelloensis
                          H. paradoxus
                          H. pusillus
                          H. tyro
                          H. zebra
                          H. zosterae
 
A SELECTION OF SEAHORSE RELATIVES
          GASTROPHORI: TRUNK-BROODING PIPEFISH
                 Nerophis ophidion
                 Doryrhamphus excisus [or D. dactyliophorus]
 
          UROPHORI: TAIL-BROODING PIPEFISH
                 Halicampus macrorhynchus
                 Trachyrhamphus longirostris
                 Syngnathus acus
                 Corythoichthys intestinalis
 
          SEADRAGONS & PIPEHORSES
                 Haliichthys taeniophorus
         
                 Phycodurus eques
                 Phyllopteryx taeniolatus
                 Solegnathus spinosissimus
                 Syngnathoides biaculeatus
 
          PYGMY PIPEHORSES
                 Acentronura tentaculata
                 Idiotropiscus lumnitzeri
                 Kymenoichthys rumengani

REFERENCES & FURTHER READING
Table of meristic counts
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
Review Quotes
Choice
“Seahorses are the most un-fishlike of all fishes, with their horse-like heads, prehensile tails, and near absence of fins. This guide covers every one of the 42 known species of seahorses, plus 15 additional relatives, including the seadragon. In addition to beautiful color photographs of all but the rarest species, the descriptions nicely summarize what is known about the distribution, reproduction, and identifying characters of each. The really striking feature, however, is an elegantly simple one: inclusion of a life-sized shadow/silhouette of each species. It is rather astounding to see that some of the pygmy seahorses are literally no larger than the average housefly! . . . Highly recommended.”
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