Dwarf Seahorse: List of Fun Facts

The Dwarf Seahorse is a small species of fish. They can be found in waters around the Bahamas and parts of the United States. They can vary in color; our cutie has a pleasant algae-colored body. Here are some fun facts about the Dwarf Seahorse!

  • There are almost 50 species of seahorse in the world. The Dwarf Seahorse is the smallest seahorse to live in American waters, usually measuring in at under an inch at adulthood. They can grow to two inches in captivity.
  • Male seahorses have brood pouches, which they use to carry eggs which have been deposited by a female.
  • A group of seahorses together is called a herd.
  • Guinness names the Dwarf Seahorse the slowest-moving species of fish. It travels at a top speed of just five feet per hour. Like other seahorses, these little ones swim in an upright position.
  • Despite their breeding success in captivity, and their relative popularity in aquaculture, little is known about the wild habits of Dwarf Seahorses. In captivity, they can live up to about two years of age. Their average lifespan in the wild is unknown.

First published 08/06/2011; edited and updated for publication in 2023.

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