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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Have been found in the stomachs of Pacific yellowfin tuna and bluefin tuna.

Hippocampus ingens, Pacific seahorse : fisheries, aquarium

Juveniles face higher risks of predation than adults because of their small size. A division of Lerner Publishing Group: Some mysids feed on small particles which they collect by grooming their body surface, whereas others are predators of zooplankton.

Pacific seahorses face many of the same threats that other seahorses face; over 20 million seahorses are sold each year to be used in Chinese medicine, the aquarium trade, or dried as curios. There is no information available to suggest that these animals maintain a particular home range or territory. Marine mysids often are found in large swarms and are an important part of many fish diets.

Males reach sexual maturity at around 5. They like to hang around reefs, and are generally not found any deeper than twenty meters.

Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Pacific seahorse Conservation status. Hippocampuw eggs embed in the lining of the brooding pouch and are supplied with oxygen by surrounding capillaries. The lineage of seahorses leading to modern pacific seahorses diverged from slender seahorses after the rise of the Isthmus of Panamabetween 4 and 5 mya. After young are released, they are independent and there is no further investment from either parent. Hippocampys mysids are scavengers.


Pacific seahorse Hippocampus ingens. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Seahorses are in constant risk from overfishing and habitat destruction. Accessed February 19, at http: Successful reproductive attempts seem to begin around 6 months of age. The Ingenw Team gratefully acknowledges their support.

Pacific seahorse

In the wild, they are usually observed as solitary creatures, anchored around eelgrass by their prehensile tails. Terms of Use – The displayed portlet may be used as a link from your website to Arkive’s online content for private, scientific, conservation or educational purposes only.

Coral reefs are found in warm, shallow oceans with low nutrient availability. Seahorses also use sight and smell to hippocapmus their meals. Native range Point map Year Ecotourism implies that there are existing programs that profit from the appreciation of natural areas or animals.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 0 – 60 m Ref. Female pacific seahorses in captivity have been observed producing small broods at three months of age. They form the basis for rich communities of other invertebrates, plants, fish, and protists.

This species is the only seahorse species found in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Bottom habitats in the very deepest hippocampuw below m are sometimes referred to as the abyssal zone. Journal of Fish Biology.

Pacific Seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) – Our Wild World

Adult giant seahorses may reach 30 cm in length. Help us protect and restore marine life by supporting our various online community-centered marine conservation projects that are effectively sharing the wonders of the ocean with millions each year around the world, raising a balanced awareness of the increasingly troubling and often very complex marine conservation issues that affect marine life and ourselves directly, providing support to marine conservation groups on the frontlines that are making real differences today, and the scientists, teachers and students involved in the marine life sciences.


Juveniles may consume phytoplankton. Mating pairs will meet and rub their heads together, then intertwine their tails together and around a blade of sea grass or similar structure, performing a mating “dance” by bobbing up and down together. There can be up to eggs per clutch. Have been found in the stomachs of Pacific yellowfin tuna and bluefin tuna Ref.

Gestation period is days depending on temperature Ref. We sincerely thank our thousands of members, donors and sponsors, who have decided to get involved and support the MarineBio Conservation Society. Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: Hippocampus ingens”, ; Koldewey, Males retain eggs in their brood pouches until they hatch.

The darkish body may have small dark and white spots and longitudinal streaks along the length of the body. Hippocampus ingens ” On-line.

According to Project Seahorse of McGill University in Montreal, in the last five years many seahorse populations have declined by 50 percent.