Seahorse Frequently Asked Questions / Do seahorses mate for life?

Not really. Some species do form pair bonds that last a mating season. But only one seahorse species, White’s Seahorse Hippocampus whitei, has been found to keep pair bonds for more than a single season. However even they will find new mates when separated from their partners. Many seahorses are sort of monogamous, meaning they may stay together for a few breeding cycles, but switch mates if the opportunity arrises. On the other hand, some seahorse species are flirty little tarts, and will switch partners every time they mate.

You can read more about seahorses and the myth about mating for life in the article What’s Love Got to Do With It? The Truth About Seahorse Monogamy

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