big-belly seahorse

Scientific name Hippocampus abdominalis
Descriptor Lesson
Year of description 1827
IUCN category LC
Family Syngnathidae
Genus Hippocampus
Hippocampus abdominalis Hippocampus abdominalis

Introduction

Hippocampus abdominalis, commonly known as big-belly seahorse, is a salt water fish from the Tasman Sea.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    35 cm
  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    35 cm

How to recognize the big-belly seahorse ?

The big-belly seahorse measures between 18 and 35 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly jaune body.

Sexual dimorphism

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

The big-belly seahorse is a fish living in small groups naturally found in the vegetation. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovovivipare

The big-belly seahorse is a fish ovovivipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 100 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic
  • Flow
    Slow

Biotope presentation

The big-belly seahorse is most often found at a depth between 1m and 100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Fishkeeping

Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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