Feature Observation: Jayakar’s Seahorse by lewis1990

Our November featured observation on iSeahorse comes from the Arabian coast of the Red Sea at Jeddah harbor. It’s a surprising place to spot a seahorse – a bustling metropolis of over 5 million and the largest port in the Red Sea.

Lewis1990 spotted this small Jayakar’s seahorse Hippocampus jayakari in shallow water while beachcombing after a storm. It marks the fourth observation of the species in iSeahorse, but we still know very little about the species. It is listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List, and no direct studies have been done on this species of seahorse.

The Red Sea is the world’s northernmost tropical sea and is home to a variety of corals and other unique marine life. Observations like this help us gain a better understanding of the Red Sea and give us insight into how best to conserve it.

Thanks to Lewis for his contribution to citizen science and seahorses!

Posted on December 03, 2014 11:03 PM by projectseahorse projectseahorse


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