Hippocampus zosterae HIPZOS-071793-TARMAR-001

This entry was posted on Saturday, July 17th, 1993 and is filed under Seahorses, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: HIPZOS-071793-TARMAR-001

Date received: 7/17/93

Identification: Hippocampus zosterae (Jordan & Gilbert 1882)

Geographic origin: West Atlantic


Taxonomy: (I.C.Z.N)

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata

Class Osteichthyes Subclass Actinopterygii Infraclass Teleostei

Superorder Acanthopterygii Order Gasterosteiformes Suborder Sygnathiformes

Family Sygnathidae

Genus Hippocampus

Species zosterae (Jordan & Gilbert 1882 )

Duration male(yr): 0.1

Size male (mm): 36

Duration female (yr): 0.4

Size female (mm): 36

Physical differences: Male has brood pouch

Adult diet: Artemia, amphipods

Pre-spawning activity: Courtship “dance”

Time spawning began: AM & PM

Area spawning occurred: open water

Frequency of spawning: not indicated

Egg description: live bearers

Egg changes / development: not observed, internally incubated

Incubation period: 10 days

Size of hatching larvae: 6 mm

Newly hatched appearance: look like small pieces of white string

Transfer / removal method: not indicated

Spawning tank size (liter): 7

Sides of tank covered? No

Lighting & photoperiod: 1 – 15 watt incandescent, 12 hours

Filtration: Undergravel filter

Additives and dosages: none indicated

Water temperature (F): 76

Specific gravity: 1.019

pH: 8.4

Nitrate: none detected

Fry development / changes: Develop to a brown / green coloration

First food offered: newly hatched Artemia fed Roti-Rich® (Florida AquaFarms)

Development description: Reared to 6 months

Rearing tank size (liter) same as adult system

Lighting & photoperiod: same as adult system

Filtration: Undergravel filter

Additives and dosages: none indicated

Water temperature (F): 76

Specific gravity: 1.020

pH: 8.4

Nitrate: none detected

Comments: More acceptable foods need to be found.

Original description: First described by Jordan & Gilbert 1882 and published in Proc. U. S. Natl. Mus. v. 5 (no. 282). Specimens collected at Laguna Grande, Pensacola, Florida, U.S.A.

Word origin: Hippocampus (Greek), a fabulous sea monster. hipp, -e, -o, =us, (Greek) a horse. camp, =us, (Greek) , a sea monster. zos, –m, -mer, -ter, (Greek) a girdle.

About this report: Information contained in this report is taken from submitted observations. Taxonomy, Synonomy, Original description , Word origin and Suggested reading are provided by member(s) of The Breeder’s Registry staff. Information is presented under the belief that it is accurate. If you have information in addition to, or contrary to that presented you are encouraged to contact the Breeder’s Registry. Permission is granted for “one-time” personal use. Reproduction as distributed or accessible media is prohibited without prior written permission. All rights reserved. 1993

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