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Potbellied Seahorse

Potbellied Seahorse

Animal's Behavior

Male seahorses are the sex that become pregnant. Females lay their eggs onto a "brood patch" where they are fertilized. The male carries the eggs for about a month before they hatch, sometimes hundreds at a time, and the young are able swim out on their own.

Eating Habits

Seahorses are voracious feeders, eating mainly crustaceans, such as shrimps, and other small animals living among the seaweed such as copepods and amphipods. Seahorses are known to be picky eaters.


Potbellied Seahorses live around the coastline of New Zealand and Australia in temperate water.

Animal Facts

  • Each eye moves separately making it easier for them to see food and predators.
  • It is believed that Seahorses are able to cure illnesses such as asthma, impotence, high cholesterol and can also increase the balance of vital energy flow within the body.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Hippocampus abdominalis


Animalia, Chordata, Actinopterygii, Syngnathiformes, Syngnathidae

Place of Birth

Around the coastline of New Zealand and Australia


Up to 14 inches long and weighing less than 1 pound


Their brown, yellow, grey, white, and orange markings, in bands and spots across their heads and bodies, allow them to blend into the weeds and sea grasses of their surroundings.


They have large swollen bellies, and use their strong prehensile tails and oscillating dorsal fins to manuever.


The pot-bellied seahorse life span is unknown. Most estimates come from laboratory or aquarium observations. Known lifespans for seahorse species in captivity range from 6-10 years.

Where to See

Audubon Aquarium

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