The taxonomy of Vietnams exploited seahorses (family Syngnathidae)

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1999

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Lourie, Sara
Pritchard, J
Casey, Stephen
Truong, Si Ky
Hall, Heather
Vincent, Amanda

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Linnean Society of London

Abstract

Seahorses (Hippocampus spp) are heavily exploited in Vietnam, but conservation and management measures are currently limited by the ambiguous taxonomic definitions of the genus in the region. Seven species of seahorse are identified in this paper as inhabiting the coastal waters of Vietnam. We used morphometric and DNA sequence data (from the cytochrome b region of the mitochondrial genome) to delimit the species. Species descriptions are put forward and we provide illustrations and an identification key to the species. The species are provisionally assigned to Hippocampus spinosissimus Weber 1913, H. comes Cantor 1850, H. trimaculatus Leach 1814, H. kuda Blocker 1852, H. kelloggi Jordan and Snyder 1902, H. mohnikei Blecker 1854 and H. histrix Kaup 1856. The current level of confusion in seahorse nomenclature means that some of these distinct species in Vietnam (in particular H. spinosissimus, H. kuda, H. kelloggi and H. mohnikei) may have to be renamed once a comprehensive revision of the genus has been completed.

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Keywords: commercial species; fish; identification key; taxonomy; Viet Nam; Hippocampus comes; Hippocampus histrix; Hippocampus kelloggi; Hippocampus kuda; Hippocampus mohnikei; Hippocampus spinosissimus; Hippocampus trimaculatus Hippocampus; Morphometrics; mtDNA marine conservation

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Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

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Journal article

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10.1006/bijl.1998.9999

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2037-12-31