belong to the genus Hippocampus
is a part of the family
Syngnathidae. This family also
includes pipefishes. There
are 32 cataloged species of
seahorses living in the shallow tropical and temperate waters of the
Seahorses range anywhere form 1 to 12 inches in length when fully grown
have an average life expectancy of 1 to 5 years depending on species.
seahorse or Hippocampus
is among the
smallest of this genus. They are endemic to the Bahamas
and the coastal waters of the southern US. The
ingens will often grow to
just over foot in
length. They are native to the
Pacific coast of Central America. The Hippocampus
is a medium sized seahorse growing to an average length of 7
inches. Here we will be focusing on the seashores in general and on the
erectus as a
to Like Us!
Populations of the H.
exist along the Atlantic
coastline of North and South America and throughout
the Gulf of Mexico ranging as far south as Uruguay
and as far north
as Nova Scotia. Some have cirri
or sensory appendages on the heads. Others do not. These fish
lined patterning throughout their body. They may of may not have
markings.” This seahorse is commonly sold under the aquarium
trade names as a
northern or lined seahorse.
seahorses come in
a multitude of colors including white, black,
grey, brown, green, yellow, orange and varying shades of reds. They are
devoid of blue pigmentation but yet still can be found in pale blue and
Spots and diamond patterning are quite typical on this species.
not fixed. ll change in intensity
depending on stress
levels, mood, diet or any number of other as yet unidentified factors.
Their Seahorses also have the
ability to change
their coloration to better blend in with their surroundings. This is a
means of camouflage typical among seahorses. These creature’s
independently of one another much like a chameleon’s does.
Seahorses are among the most fragile marine
species kept in home
aquariums. Regardless of species, seahorses carry an advanced to expert
level. The Erectus
is one of the most hardy and robust of these delicate
creatures. If you have considered raising seahorses but have not yet
to the idea, this particular seahorse would be an excellent choice. A
tank size of 20 gallons is recommended for this species.
are carnivorous. They may
only eat live food when you first introduce them to your aquarium.
enriched brine shrimp and rotifers make ideal food offerings. Given
will learn to recognize non-living food as an acceptable means of
They may even eat flakes and pellets prepared for marine carnivores. As
a varied diet is recommended. Seashores can also be fed finely chopped
raised seahorses are
more and more common place. Farm raised marine specimens are always
captured species. They are more disease resistant and have a much lower
mortality rate. The northern seahorse will reach sexual maturity in
4-8 months. They have been known to breed in home aquariums. A
domesticated seahorse will eat right out of your hand. This species can
to five years in captivity.