Hippocampus histrixis commonly referred to as Thorny seahorse. Difficulty in the aquarium: Only for advanced aquarists. A aquarium size of at least 250 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
The offspring of Hippocampus histrix are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Hippocampus histrix, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Hippocampus histrix, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Hippocampus histrix Kaup, 1856
A rare inhabitant of shallow sheltered reefs, found among clumps of algae or in seagrass beds. Large adult pelagic and probably associated with drifting debris.
Associated with sponges and sea-squirts.
The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail. Use in traditional Chinese medicine is increasing with the rise in patent medicines.
Not common in the aquarium trade.