Weight-length relationship, morphometric and meristic characters of the yellow seahorse Hippocampus kuda Bleeker, 1852 (Syngnathiformes: Syngnathidae) from central west coast of India


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https://doi.org/10.21077/ijf.2019.66.2.86769-15

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Eighteen morphometric and five meristic characters of the yellow seahorse, Hippocampus kuda inhabiting the coastal waters of Ratnagiri, central west coast of India, were studied. Morphometric/numerical analysis confirmed the identity of the species from Ratnagiri coastal waters as Hippocampus Kuda Bleeker, 1852. A negative allometric relationship was observed in both genders of H. kuda. The estimated weight-length relationships  (WLR) for male and female specimens, respectively were, W=0.0034 SL2.8533 and W=0.0078 SL2.5253 (r2>0.95). The biological information on morphometric and meristic characters, WLR and length-length relationship (LLR) provided in this study would be helpful for conservation and management of this vulnerable seahorse species.

Keywords: Hippocampus kuda, Length-length relationship, Meristic, Morphometric, Weight-length relationship, Yellow seahorse   

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  • H. B. Pawar, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa-403004
    Aquaculture Laboratory, Biological Oceanography Division
  • S. V. Sanaye, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography
    Aquaculture Laboratory, Biological Oceanography Division
  • R. A. Sreepada, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography

    Principal Scientist, 

    Aquaculture Laboratory,

    Biological Oceanography Division

  • B. S. Ingole, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography

    Chief Scientist

    Aquaculture Laboratory,

    Biological Oceanography Division

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2019-02-05

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2019-06-30

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Pawar, H. B., Sanaye, S. V., Sreepada, R. A., & Ingole, B. S. (2019). Weight-length relationship, morphometric and meristic characters of the yellow seahorse Hippocampus kuda Bleeker, 1852 (Syngnathiformes: Syngnathidae) from central west coast of India. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 66(2). https://doi.org/10.21077/ijf.2019.66.2.86769-15