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Long-snouted seahorse. Caballito de mar

Hippocampus guttulatus


Hippocampus guttulatus, commonly known as the long-snouted seahorse, is a marine fish belonging to the family Syngnathidae.


Salt-water coastal lagoon of Mar Menor (Murcia, Spain).
Laguna costera salada del Mar Menor (Murcia. España).


They are critically endangered in the Mar Menor.
Están en peligro crítico de extinción en el Mar Menor.

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eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 2 years ago

Thank you very much for completing my spotting with your valuable information. In addition to the dangers you mention, there is another very important one: human greed. In the waters of the lagoon, when it rains torrentially, as is happening in recent years due to climate change, waters are poured with metals from nearby mines, and also fertilizers, pesticides, hervicides, etc. from the irrigation of large extensions of intensive agriculture that is being developed in the vicinity. My sister, Isabela, is doing a great job collaborating with the group PACTO POR EL MAR MENOR and denouncing this situation.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Eulalia, your Long-snouted seahorse is our Spotting of the Day! Thank for continuing to document the unique Mar Menor for us.

"Seahorses are amongst the most unique and fascinating fish, but are also most susceptible to population decline because of direct overexploitation, incidental captures, habitat destruction and other anthropogenic perturbations. Our Spotting of the Day, a strikingly beautiful Long-snouted Seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus), is considered "Data Deficient" by the IUCN, but is listed as near threatened, vulnerable or endangered in different European countries. In the Spanish coastal lagoon of Mar Menor, where this spotting was made, it is considered critically endangered.
For more information: "



eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 2 years ago

Thanks, Isabela.

Isabela 2 years ago

Fantastic series, Eulalia.

eulalia rubio
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eulalia rubio

San Javier, Región de Murcia, Spain

Spotted on Sep 9, 2018
Submitted on Sep 9, 2018

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