Adding another special Thorny Seahorse to the record ….

Mr Michael Vermaak kindly reminded the museum that he had submitted a photographic seahorse record for identification earlier in the year (January 2017). Reviewing the data this was noted and it had not been identified to the species level. SAIAB fish scientist in Grahamstown, Ofer Gon,  confirmed the seahorse to be the same as the recent find at the Orient Beach (see the post below)- Hippocampus histrix (Thorny Seahorse), though it may be a juvenile specimen.

Michael found the seahorse on the beach between the Nahoon River and Bonza Bay last December (2016). The is the first record from this stretch of beach and it is interesting to note two similair specimens in close location found in recent times, considering the last East London record for H. histrix was in 1991 (EL Harbour mouth). He is sincerely thanked for reporting this to the museum. Below is an illustration of the seahorse.


Thorny Seahorse, Hippocampus histrix, found by Michael Vermaak of East London along the beach between Bonza Bay and the Nahoon River

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