As growth proceeds, individuals become mature at approximately cm in length. (“Pacific Seahorses, Hippocampus ingens”, ; Beller, ; Froese and. Find out what’s known about Pacific Seahorses, Hippocampus ingens, Actinopterygii, Syngnathiformes, Syngnathidae, including their world range and habitats. Genus, Hippocampus Rafinesque, – seahorses. Species, Hippocampus ingens Girard, – Pacific giant seahorse, Pacific seahorse, caballito del.

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There are 54 species of seahorse, which is a lot to choose from. Hippocampus ingens”, ; Koldewey, Other Physical Features ectothermic bilateral symmetry Sexual Dimorphism sexes colored or patterned differently sexes shaped differently Range length 13 to 30 cm 5.

Diet consists mainly of small crustaceans and zooplankton. Pacific seahorses, Hippocampus ingen Girard,are one of the largest of the 34 known species of seahorses in the world, and can reach up to 30 cm in length. This makes the tail prehensile and flexible, able to coil around seagrass and other objects.

They then intertwine their tails and anchor on a piece of grass or coral, and proceed to bob up and down at one another. Mysids at present include more than 1, species, widespread over all the continents, inhabiting coastal and open sea waters, as well as continental fresh waters, several taxa occurring also in different groundwater habitats and in anchialine caves.


Hippocampus ingens, Pacific seahorse : fisheries, aquarium

Giant seahorses eat brine shrimp Artemia sp. The Secret Lives Of Seahorses”, Team WILD, hippocampue elite squadron of science superheroes, needs your help!

Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref. Seahorses are in constant risk from overfishing and habitat destruction.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Gestation period is days depending on temperature Ref.

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X Close Image credit. This page was last edited on 19 Juneat In Panama, the species is listed as protected in a mandate managing coral reefs.

Entered by Froese, Rainer. Pacific Ocean body of water between the southern ocean above 60 degrees south latitudeAustralia, Asia, and the western hemisphere. Seahorses, Pipefishes, and Their Kin.

Hippocampjs ingens Girard To cite this page: So where can you find these adorable seahorses? Range number of offspring 50 to Range time to hatching 14 to 45 days Range age at sexual or reproductive maturity female 3 to 6 months Range age at sexual or reproductive maturity male 3 to 6 minutes Males retain eggs in their brood pouches until they hatch.


It has been hypothesized that the juveniles spend the first few months after birth in the open ocean. Exploring the Underwater Wonders.

As the hppocampus develop, the fluid inside the pouch changes in salinity to acclimate the embryos to the salinity of the surrounding sea water. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: They do not really have any other defence mechanism, since they are reasonably small and are quite poor swimmers.

Smooth, pear-shaped, yellowish eggs are deposited by a female into a male’s breeding pouch, where they are fertilized.

Description & Behavior

Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch Ref. They may be hosts to parasites or fall victim to bacterial and fungal infections, particularly in captivity. Support the MarineBio Conservation Society. They are occasionally caught at the surface.