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  • Richard Ross's MBI Stats
    Approved Reports: 23
    Points: 1580 pnts
    Award Level:  Established Breeder
    Total Posts: 409
    MBI Join Date: 5/14/2010 12:49:03 PM
    Last Login: 11/10/2014 2:51:37 PM
    Location: Alameca, CA
    MBI Site: reefhobbyistmagazine.com
  • Species Data
    Species: Hippocampus zosterae
    Has Successfully been bred and raised in captivity
    Class: A
    Synonyms: Hippocampus regulus, Hippocampus rosamondae
    Environment: Demersal; non-migratory; marine; depth range ? - 2 m (Ref. 52034 )
    Size/Weight/Age: Max length : 5.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251 ); max. reported age: 1 years (Ref. 12238 )
    Distribution: SubTropical Western Atlantic: Bermuda, southern Florida (USA), Bahamas and the entire Gulf of Mexico. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04).
    Description: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12 12. Description: (based on 31 specimens): Adult height: 2-2.5cm. Rings: 9-10+31-32. Snout length: 4.2-4.3 in head length. Dorsal fin rays: 12 covering 2+0 rings. Pectoral fin rays: 11-12. Coronet: high, columnar or knob-like, without spines or projections. Spines: low or knob-like. Other distinctive characters: short snout <1/3 head length; skin often covered in tiny warts. Color pattern: beige, yellow, green, black; mottling variable (distinct to absent); may have white markings like splashes of paint; some specimens with dark spots.
    Biology: Shallow grass flats, especially in association with Zostera and other seagrass; periodically found in floating vegetation. Diurnal, males more site faithful than females. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205 ). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205 ). Specimens lose their skin filaments in aquaria (Ref. 30915 ). Has been reared in captivity (Ref. 35420 ).
    Data Sheet: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/speciessummary.php?id=3286
    WoRMS: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxlist&tName=Hippocampus zosterae
    Classification Request: Classification Request Not Available

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