New record of the Japanese seahorse Hippocampus mohnikei Bleeker, 1853 (Syngnathiformes: Syngnathidae) in Hong Kong waters

Sam King Fung Yiu, Cher F Y Chow, Steven Hong Tai Tsang, Xiong Zhang, Jeffery Tzu Hao Chung, Shadow Ying Tung Sin, Wing Kuen Chow, Leo Lai Chan*

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Abstract

A new record of Hippocampus mohnikei Bleeker, 1853 was confirmed in Hong Kong through morphological and molecular identification. It is highly possible that there is an established population of H. mohnikei in Hong Kong due to continuous sightings by citizen scientists in the past nine years. The record is significant from a biogeographical perspective as it connects the distributions of known populations in northern China and Japan to those spanning Thailand to India. This further affirms the status of Hong Kong as a hotspot for seahorse biodiversity and conservation in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455–461
Number of pages7
JournalCheck List
Volume 18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2022

Keywords

  • Species distribution
  • Subtropical region
  • Distribution expansion
  • South China Sea

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