Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Syngnathiformes
(Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathidae
(Pipefishes and seahorses) > Hippocampinae
Etymology: Hippocampus: Greek, ippos = horse + Greek,kampe = curvature (Ref. 45335); paradoxus: Name from Latin 'paradoxus' meaning strange and contrary to expectation; referring to the unusual morphology relative to all other seahorses.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range ? - 102 m (Ref. 85152). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.5 cm SL (female)
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia.
The holotype was collected from mid-continental shelf benthos (102 m); at this depth, high energy waves sweep the bed of the Great Australian Bight, producing expanses of rippled sand interspersed with sponge and bryozoans stabilised 'islands'. The site has a complex, highly diversed assemblage of bryozoans, including Adeona, a number of bushy flexible species (Family Catenicellidae), 'lace corals' (Fam. Phidoloporidae) and some sponges, on coarse substrate of calcareous sand. The female holotype collected in late July had a greatly distended abdomen holding eleven hydrated oocytes approximately 2 mm in diameter (Ref. 85152).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch (Ref. 205).
Foster, R. and M.F. Gomon, 2010. A new seahorse (Teleostei: Syngnathidae: Hippocampus) from south-western Australia. Zootaxa 2613:61-68. (Ref. 85152)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00427 (0.00162 - 0.01126), b=3.00 (2.78 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .