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There are approximately 35 species of seahorse, although there is ongoing discussion of which may be called distinct species and which should be considered sub-species.   There is also conflicting information available about the characteristics of each species.  We have attempted to provide the most widely accepted information.

The hardiest tropical species is H. erectus (perhaps the most tolerant of wide temperature ranges). This species, when captive bred (CB) is the ideal "starter seahorse" . Other tropical species which may be available CB include H. reidi, H. barbouri, H. procerus, H. fuscus and H. kuda. Recommend temperature is 72-76 degrees F (23-25 degrees C)

Subtropical species should generally be kept at 70-74 degrees F (22-24degrees C). You may need to purchase a chiller to maintain stable tank temperatures if you do not have a strictly temperature controlled room for your tank. Subtropical species include H. ingens, H. whitei, H. capensis and H. tuberculatus.

Temperate species should be kept at 66-72 degrees F (19-22 degrees C). You will almost certainly need to purchase a chiller to keep these species.  Temperate species include H. abdominalis (potbellies) and H. breviceps.

Dwarf seahorses (H. zosterae) are very hardy and can withstand a wide range of temperatures.  I would recommend 70-76 degrees F. with no more than a 3-4 degree change in 24 hours.

Species pages

H. abdominalis

H. algiricus

H. angustus

H. barbouri

H. bargibanti

H. borboniensis

H. breviceps

H. camelopardalis

H. capensis

H. colemani

H. comes

H. coronatus

H. denise

H. erectus

H. fisheri

H. fuscus

H. guttulatus

H. hippocampus

H. histrix

H. ingens

H. jayakari

H. kelloggi

H. kuda

H. lichtensteinii

H. minotauri

H. mohnikei

H. procerus

H. reidi

H. sindonis

H. spinosissimus

H. subelongatus

H. trimaculatus

H. tuberculatus

H. whitei

H. zebra

H. zosterae

 

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 SPECIES NAMES
 

H. abdominalis

H. algiricus

H. angustus

H. barbouri

H. bargibanti

H. borboniensis

H. breviceps

H. camelopardalis

H. capensis

H. colemani

H. comes

H. coronatus

H. denise

H. erectus

H. fisheri

H. fuscus

H. guttulatus

H. hippocampus

H. histrix

H. ingens

H. jayakari

H. kelloggi

H. kuda

H. lichtensteinii

H. minotauri

H. mohnikei

H. procerus

H. reidi

H. sindonis

H. spinosissimus

H. subelongatus

H. trimaculatus

H. tuberculatus

H. whitei

H. zebra

H. zosterae


Common Names 

 

Pot Bellied Seahorse

West African Seahorse

Narrow Bellied Seahorse

Barbour's Seahorse

Pygmy Seahorse

Réunion Seahorse

Short Snouted Seahorse

Giraffe Seahorse

Knysna Seahorse

Coleman's Seahorse

Tiger Tail Seahorse

Crowned Seahorse

Denise's Pygmy

Lined Seahorse

Fisher's Seahorse

Sea Pony

Speckled Seahorse

European Seahorse

Thorny Seahorse

Pacific Seahorse

Jayakar's Seahorse

Great Seahorse

Spotted Seahorse

Lichtenstein's Seahorse

Bullneck Seahorse

Japanese Seahorse

High Crown

Brazilian Seahorse

Shiho's seahorse

Hedgehog Seahorse

West Australian Seahorse

Three-Spot Seahorse

Knobby Seahorse

White's Seahorse

Zebra Seahorse

Dwarf Seahorse



   

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