Yellow Seahorse (Hippocampus kuda)
Family: Syngnathidae (Pipefish)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 130 ft. Size: 11.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small Crustaceans, copepods, shrimp, amphipods
Natural History: The Yellow Seahorse is found in protected bays and estuaries in areas with dense seagrass. It has also been reported to hang from Sargassum. It uses camouflage to avoid predation and feeds on invertebrates that happen to get too close. Individual color can range from black to brown, yellow, or orange, with spots.
Husbandry: The Yellow Seahorse may be the most common seahorse in the aquarium trade. Captive bred individuals are reported to be much hardier than wild-caught specimens. If a healthy specimen is acquired, it is generally hardy in captivity. It should be housed in an aquarium with macroalgae to allow it to attach and behave normally.
AKA: Common Seahorse, Spotted Seahorse, Black Seahorse
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