Reproduction in captivity of the seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus

Institude of Marine Investigations of Vigo - Spain

Many wild populations of seahorses are declining due to habitat destruction, overexploitation, incidental captures and other anthropogenic pressures. Therefore studies on the biology of the species are important to inform conservation and management practices.

During my final year of undergraduate studies I did an internship at the Institude of Marine Investigations of Vigo. Under the supervision of Miguel Planas, I contributed to the project “Recovery of endangered species: Biological aspects of natural populations of the iberoatlantic coast and reproduction in captivity of the seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus”, specifically by analysing the fatty acid composition of non fertilized eggs and food (artemia and mysidacea) of Hippocampus guttulatus and H. hippocampus. The main aim of this study was to establish the adequate conditions for breeding in captivity for possible restocking of wild populations as a conservation strategy.

Publications from this study:

Planas M, Quintas P, Chamorro A, Silva C (2010). Female maturation, egg characteristics and fatty acids profile in the seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus. Animal Reproduction Science 122, 66-73.