Hippocampus japapigu

Scientific name Hippocampus japapigu
Descriptor Short, Smith, Motomura, Harasti & Hamilton
Year of description 2018
IUCN category NE
Family Syngnathidae
Genus Hippocampus
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Hippocampus japapigu is a little salt water fish from the Sea of Japan.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    1 cm
  • Maximum size
    2 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Average size
    1 cm
  • Maximum size
    2 cm
  • Mimicry

How to recognize Hippocampus japapigu ?

Hippocampus japapigu measures between 1 and 2 cm. Given its small size, this species is commonly referred to as a "dwarf" animal. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, marron and beige body.

Sexual dimorphism

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Hippocampus japapigu is a fish living in small groups 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

Hippocampus japapigu 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
    5 - 15 m

Biotope presentation

Hippocampus japapigu is most often found at a depth between 5m and 15m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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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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