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Hippocampus fisheri Fisher's seahorse


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lexID:
7758 
AphiaID:
275194 
Scientific:
Hippocampus fisheri 
German:
Fishers Seepferdchen 
English:
Fisher's Seahorse 
Category:
Seahorses 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Syngnathiformes (Order) > Syngnathidae (Family) > Hippocampus (Genus) > fisheri (Species) 
Initial determination:
Jordan & Evermann, 1903 
Occurrence:
Hawaii 
Sea depth:
? Meter 
Size:
1.97" - 3.15" (5cm - 8cm) 
Temperature:
75.2 °F - 78.8 °F (24°C - 26°C) 
Food:
Brachionus, Brine Shrimp Nauplii, Brine Shrimps, Copepods, Cyclops 
Tank:
22 gal (~ 100L) 
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:
Data deficient (DD) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2017-04-24 10:07:37 

Captive breeding / propagation

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

Husbandry

Jordan & Evermann, 1903

Very special thanks for the first three photos of Hippocampus fisheri to Stephen Van Kampen-Lewis!

These seahorses are often caught by accident by squid fishermen far off the coast of Hawaii. The seahorses are attracted by lights used by the boat to bring in the squid.

However, this species is a deepwater fish that can't be kept in aquariums. In nature, they live in very deep water during the day and then swim to the surface to hunt at night. Without that deepwater habitat, they get gas bubbles in their blood and die. Karen Brittain also told me this phenomenon even happens to seahorses that are born in captivity and never see deep water.

The males are fascinating and they change color from white to red, brown, to orange and everything in between. They court the females in the morning and will "shimmer" with their colors as they change color rapidly to attract the females.

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Syngnathiformes (Order) > Syngnathidae (Family) > Hippocampinae (Subfamily) > Hippocampus (Genus) > Hippocampus fisheri (Species)

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