Western Atlantic: North Carolina in USA, Bermuda (Ref. ) and Bahamas to Santa Catarina, Brazil (Ref. ). International trade is monitored through a. Hippocampus reidi. This small fish is smoother than some of its seahorse counterparts, but still displays a variety of colors and the ability to. The slender seahorse or longsnout seahorse (not to be confused with the Long- snouted seahorse), Hippocampus reidi, is a species of fish in the Syngnathidae.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Courtship behavior includes the male impressing the female with dramatic changes in coloration, pouch displays, and graceful swimming behaviors.

Hippocampus reidi

Geographical Distribution World distribution map for the longsnout seahorse This seahorse can be found throughout the Caribbean Sea and the western North Atlantic Ocean including off North Carolina and the southern U.

Pale saddles may be present along the dorsolateral surfaces.

Parasites External parasites of seahorses include flukes, isopods, and monogenetic trematodes; internal parasites are digenetic trematodes, cestodes, and nematodes. Archived from the original on Tubercles are low and rounded while spines are absent with the exception of eye spines.

Not to be confused with Long-snouted seahorse. The depth range of this seahorse is meters with smaller individuals residing in shallower habitats. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hippocampus reidi. Food Recommended Zooplankton Cyclops, pods In particular, the longsnout seahorse is considered threatened in the US by the American Fisheries Society due to the rarity of this species along with degradation of its seagrass habitats in South Florida.


The filter system must be able to handle frequent feeding with frozen food. Predators In general, seahorses are believed to have few natural predators due to their ability to camouflage along with their unpalatable boney plates and spines.

Longsnout Seahorse Longnose Seahorse.

Even so, seahorses have been documented from the stomachs of large pelagic fishes including red snapper, dorado, rays, skates, tuna, and dolphinfishes. Newborn seahorses measure approximately 0. The female will deposit up to 1, eggs in the males pouch where fertilization takes place. Size, Age, and Growth Seahorses generally live from one to four years. They do not have teeth, food is swallowed whole, passing quickly through the digestive system.

Species of the Pipefish family should be kept in a dedicated tank, see the family description below. This species is similar to the lined seahorse H. World Wide Web electronic publication.

Coloration The longsnout seahorse ranges from black to yellow, red, orange and brown with numerous white dots primarily on the tail. They are collected as aquarium fish, folk medicine, curiosities and for religious purposes.

Reef Compatibility of Hippocampus spp. Reef safe with caution: This seahorse is also frequently taken as bycatch in non-selective fishing gear such as trawl nets. Synonyms found in scientific literature referring to this species include H. Seahorses are also taken as bycatch in the shrimp trawl fisheries off the coasts of the US, Mexico, and Central America.

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When feeding, seahorses use their long snout and small mouth to create pipette-like suction drawing live prey into their mouths. Hippocampus reidi Hiplocampus Breeding season extends for at least eight months out of the year with some reports documenting this species as actively reproducing year-round with a peak from October to February.


A Seahorse Reef Part 1: Order — Syngnathiformes Family — Syngnathidae Genus — Hippocampus Species — reidi Common Names English language common names for this species include longsnout seahorse, Brazilian seahorse, seahorse, and slender sea horse. English language common names for this species include longsnout seahorse, Brazilian seahorse, seahorse, and slender sea horse.

Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates. Smaller individuals inhabit shallower waters.

A Seahorse Reef, Part Two: These spots may also change into a pink or white color during the courtship period. These longsnout seahorses grow to almost hipppocampus inches long and live one to four years. Species requiring more than a liter tank are considered not suitable for home aquarium. The water current must not be too powerful, as they are not strong swimmers. They mate for life, have complicated courtship and bonding rituals, and the male carries the embryos to term in his brood pouch.

They have few predators uippocampus of their camouflage and bony-plated body, but are collected by humans for the aquarium trade or folk medicine.