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First occurrence of the lined seahorse Hippocampus erectus in the eastern Atlantic Ocean

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A seahorse specimen from Banco A├žores (Azores Archipelago) was identified using morphological and molecular genetic data as Hippocampus erectus. This specimen represents the first record of H. erectus in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, well outside its reported range, and may provide evidence of long-distance translocation in what are assumed to be relatively sedentary fish.
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Keywords: Azores; DNA sequencing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Project Seahorse, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY, U.K. 2: Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores, 9901-862 Horta, Portugal 3: School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, U.K.

Publication date: 01 October 2009

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