New seahorse discovery in Seychelles

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Measuring 3.5cm/1.4” tall and 6cm/2.4” long, a new seahorse has been described from the Seychelles.

Hippocampus tyro, named after the Dutch research vessel that located it, had been collected on the Poivre Atoll in the Amirantes region of the islands.

John Randall and Sara Lourie, who described the species in the latest issue of Smithiana Bulletin, said that H. tyro was unique in having 14 trunk rings, as opposed to the usual eight to 13 of other species.

It also has a single slit-like mid-dorsal gill opening.