Hippocampus alatusis commonly referred to as Winged 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 alatus are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Hippocampus alatus, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Hippocampus alatus, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Special thanks for the foto of Hippocampus alatus to Teresa Zubi from starfish.ch!
Western Central Pacific: northern Australia (including Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia) and southeastern Papua New Guinea. International trade is monitored through a licensing system (CITES II, since 5.15.04) and a minimum size of 10 cm applies. Formerly classified as vulnerable in the 2000 IUCN red list of threatened species.
Adults inhabit soft bottom of the continental shelf.
Maximum length is based on a straight-line length measurement from upper surface (ignoring spines) of first trunk ring, to tip of tail. Ovoviviparous.
The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail