Conservation of the Dwarf Seahorse, Hippocampus zosterae

Regulation Changes & The Endangered Species Act

Dwarf Seahorse peaking from behind hairy macroalgae

Dwarf Seahorses have been kept in aquaria for a very long time.

Dwarf Seahorses Hippocampus zosterae is a small seahorse, usually under two inches (5cm) in size. It is found in the Atlantic around the coasts of America, from as far North as North Carolina down through Mexico and Central America. Some reports place it as far south as the Northern costs of South America. The largest reported sighting from Florida and the Gulf states.

Dwarf Seahorses are being looked at as a possible candidate under the Endangered Species Act. Fear that the BP oil spill would affect this miniature seahorse had conservationists concerned over the fate of this small seahorse due to it’s limited distribution. Some were concerned that the spill could cause the extinction of this small species. And while those fears seem to have been overblown, a spotlight was place on this little seahorse.

This page was setup so can take a closer look at the current status of the Dwarf Seahorse, the Petition to list it under the Endangered Species Act, as well as the new Florida Regulations to be placed in 2016. We will be looking at the history of H. zosterae in aquaria, and how it ties into the regulation and conservation concerns of this species.

Dwarf Seahorse Regulation Changes & Conservation Discussion - 2016

  • New Regulations For Dwarf Seahorses

    2 Dwarf Seahorses among brown hairy algae By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 01/04/2016
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    2016 will see wild Dwarf Seahorse Hippocampus zosterae gain new protections in the waters around Florida. These regulations are designed to limit their harvest from the wild in order to sustainably manage Dwarf Seahorse populations. The proposed regulations: Recreational bag … Continue reading