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Hippocampus borboniensis

Hippocampus borboniensisis commonly referred to as Réunion seahorse. Difficulty in the aquarium: Solo per acquariofili esperti. A aquarium size of at least 500 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

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Hippocampus borboniensis 
Réunion Seepferdchen 
Réunion Seahorse 
Cavallucci marini 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Syngnathiformes (Order) > Syngnathidae (Family) > Hippocampus (Genus) > borboniensis (Species) 
Initial determination:
Duméril, 1870 
14 cm - 15 cm 
22°C - 28°C 
~ 500 Liter 
Solo per acquariofili esperti 
Possible to breed 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
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Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Hippocampus borboniensis are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Hippocampus borboniensis, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Hippocampus borboniensis, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.


Duméril, 1870

Hippocampus borboniensis, also known as the Réunion seahorse, is listed in Appendix II of CITES. In nature, it is known from the islands of Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius and Zanzibar. The animals in the photos, however, we found on the coast of Tanzania, north of the town of Tanga and Pemba Island (Zanzibar).

There is little available data on the further spread of the hippocampus borboniensis or even accurate figures on the population or their exact habitat. The place of discovery in one case was a seagrass meadow nearby the beach (about 150 - 200 meters from the beach). The seaweed was affected to a large extent by sediments and the seahorses were found in small groups of three to four animals in small hollows in the protection of sea grasses.

Borboniensis hippocampus is very similar to H. Kuda and is nearly as large (14 -15 cm). H. kuda has a deeper head; a coronet that is curled backwards and rounded; cheek spines are more prominent and other spines less developed. It is dusty green-brown with dusty yellow dots and marbling and broken lines on head; or dark and uniform. Like all seahorses the Reunion seahorses feed on plankton, so small crustacean.

Order: Gasterosteiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Hippocampus
Species: Hippocampus borboniensis


External links

  1. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. Homepage Kathrin Merkel (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



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