denise's pygmy seahorse

Scientific name Hippocampus denise
Descriptor Lourie & Randall
Year of description 2003
IUCN category DD
Family Syngnathidae
Genus Hippocampus
Hippocampus denise Hippocampus denise

Introduction

Hippocampus denise, commonly known as denise's pygmy seahorse, is a little salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    2 cm
  • Maximum size
    3 cm
  • Average size
    2 cm
  • Maximum size
    3 cm

How to recognize the denise's pygmy seahorse ?

The denise's pygmy seahorse measures between 2 and 3 cm. Given its small size, this species is commonly referred to as a "dwarf" animal. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly orange body.

Sexual dimorphism

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The denise's pygmy seahorse is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found in the vegetation. This species is carnivorous . Measuring only a few centimeters, this small species tends to be discreet and hide in the presence of larger neighbors.

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

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovovivipare

The denise's pygmy 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?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    13 - 90 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic
  • Flow
    Slow

Biotope presentation

The denise's pygmy seahorse is most often found at a depth between 13m and 90m. 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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