Culture conditions for Hippocampus spp: 15 years of research

Nicolás Vite-García, Serapio López-Jiménez, Lenin Rangel-López

Submited: 2016-06-08 12:43:34 | Published: 2017-03-08 13:04:59



The populations of seahorses (genus Hippocampus) have been impacted in different ways by humans. For this reason, measures have been implemented to mitigate the decline of populations, as their inclusion in the list of CITES, which regulates in part the trade between countries. However, other measures must be taken to ensure the conservation of these species. Aquaculture is presented as an opportunity that can bring benefits in different ways: supplying capture from natural environments, repopulating water bodies whose populations are impacted and generating awareness among the population through environmental education. From the beginning of this century, relevant information has been generated about the culture conditions of different species of seahorses, from the physico-chemical parameters of water and other physical conditions such as types and sizes of tanks, to issues related to survival, diet, growth, maturation and the reproductive process. This paper presents a collection of this information, putting some emphasis on information related to species in the Americas, without neglecting the most important research with other species.

Vite-García N, López-Jiménez S, Rangel-López L. Culture conditions for Hippocampus spp: 15 years of research. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2017;45(1): 1-17. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol45-issue1-fulltext-1 [Accessed 24 Jan. 2019].
Vite-García, N., López-Jiménez, S., & Rangel-López, L. (2017). Culture conditions for Hippocampus spp: 15 years of research. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 45(1), 1-17. doi: