Hippocampus erectus - Lined seahorse
Marine, reef safe, depth range 1 - 73 m. Subtropical; 23°C - 25°C Distribution Countries Western Atlantic: Nova Scotia, Canada and northern Gulf of Mexico to Panama and Venezuela. Eastern Central Atlantic.
Max length : 19.0 cm.
Short description Morphology | Morphometrics Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-20.
Generally found in coastal waters; often around man-made structures. Usually attached to gorgonians or seagrasses but may occur in floating Sargassum or swimming freely in midwater. Those that live in Sargassum usually have bony protuberances and fleshy tabs that may serve as camouflage. Has been reared in captivity. Move into deeper waters during winter. Feeds by sucking in small organisms, like small crustaceans, using its long snout as a pipette. Ovoviviparous. The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail. Incubates eggs in an external marsupium. Gestation period 14-21 days but varies with water temperature.
IUCN Red List Status - Vulnerable; Date assessed: 03 October 2016
CITES Appendix II: International trade monitored
Threat to humans - Harmless
Human uses - Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial.
Absolutely stunning markings on these Hippocampus Erectus, the parents of some of our babies !