Hippocampus semispinosus

Scientific name Hippocampus semispinosus
Descriptor Weber
Year of description 1913
IUCN category VU
Family Syngnathidae
Genus Hippocampus
Hippocampus semispinosus Hippocampus semispinosus


Hippocampus semispinosus is a brackish water and salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    14 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Average size
    14 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Mimicry

How to recognize Hippocampus semispinosus ?

Hippocampus semispinosus measures between 14 and 18 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune and marron body.

Sexual dimorphism

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Hippocampus semispinosus is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found in the vegetation. This species is carnivorous .

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


  • Reproduction
    ovipare incubateur paternel (poche)

Hippocampus semispinosus is a fish ovipare incubateur paternel (poche).

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 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    8 - 70 m

Biotope presentation

Hippocampus semispinosus is most often found at a depth between 8m and 70m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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