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Hippocampus algiricus West African seahorse


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lexID:
4587 
Scientific:
Hippocampus algiricus 
German:
Westafrikanisches Seepferdchen 
English:
West African seahorse 
Category:
Seahorses 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Syngnathiformes (Order) > Syngnathidae (Family) > Hippocampus (Genus) > algiricus (Species) 
Initial determination:
Kaup, 1856 
Occurrence:
Angola, Nigeria, São Tomé e Principé, Senegal, The Gulf of Guinea, the Ivory Coast, West Africa 
Sea depth:
1 - 25 Meter 
Size:
up to 7.56" (19.2 cm) 
Temperature:
71.6 °F - 82.4 °F (22°C - 28°C) 
Food:
Cyclops, Living Food, Mysis, Zooplankton 
Tank:
33 gal (~ 150L) 
Difficulty:
Only for advanced aquarists 
Offspring:
Possible to breed 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Vulnerable (VU) 
Related species at
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2017-04-24 09:42:00 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Hippocampus algiricus are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Hippocampus algiricus, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Hippocampus algiricus, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.

Husbandry

Distribution
Eastern Central Atlantic: Senegal to Angola. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04) and a minimum size of 10 cm applies.

Biology
Length type refers to height (= TL - head length). Ovoviviparous.
The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail

Synonymised taxa:
Hippocampus deanei Duméril, 1861
Hippocampus kaupii Duméril, 1870
Hippocampus punctulatus Kaup, 1856

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