GROWTH OF ADULT SEAHORSES Hippocampus guttulatus
FED EXCLUSIVELY ON ENRICHED ADULT Artemia
M. Planas, P. Quintas & A. Chamorro
Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (CSIC), Eduardo Cabello 6, 36208 Vigo, Spain, +34 986214457 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintenance of seahorses in captivity is generally dependent on ♂
supply of Artemia supplemented with mysidaceans. A long-term study
mysidaceans. long- Max recorded weight
was carried out on the growth of adult long-snouted seahorses 25 Weight gain
WET WEIGHT (gr)
(Hippocampus guttulatus) fed exclusively on Artemia. The objective
guttulatus) Artemia. ♀
was to investigate the adequateness of adult Artemia to support ♂ + 11.9 g (92% )
growth (SGR) of seahorses. The results show that adult Artemia is a
satisfactory prey when cultivated and enriched adequately.
15 non-repr ♀ + 7.5 g (70% )
MATERIALS AND METHODS 10
Long-snouted seahorses, Hippocampus guttulatus, were hand-caughthand-
collected in Galicia (NW Spain) in 2006 and maintained in captivity for
two years. The seahorses (16 males and 16 females) were distributed Males Females
in 160 l (85H x 75L x 25D cm) aquaria (Chamorro et al., 2007). 0
Photoperiod varied from 16L/8D (Jun-Jul) to 10L/14D (Dec). (Dec).
Temperature was progressively adjusted (15-20ºC). Further
(15- 20º 0 3 6 9 12 15 18 21
information is provided by Planas et al. (2008). Seahorses were fed ad TTIME IN CAPTIVITY (months)
libitum twice daily on enriched adult Artemia (EG, Inve) (Quintas et al.,
2007). Initially, Artemia was grown (15-21 days) on mixtures of
Isochrysis sp, Prolon (Inve) and Spirulina and enriched for 24-30 h on
Fig. 1. Weight (gr) of seahorses (males and females) maintained in captivity
a mixture of Prolon and Isochrysis. More recently, a long-term
Isochrysis. long- for two seasons.
enrichment (>3 days) with Red Pepper (Bernaqua) was applied during
ongrowing to increase HUFA levels. Seahorses were weighted when
captured and at the end and start of the reproductive season (31 Oct
06, 1 Mar 07, 31 Oct 07 and 1 Mar 08). Specific growth rates (SGR %)(SGR
were calculated for the reproductive (1 Mar - 31 Oct) and non- non- 0,6
reproductive (31 Oct - 1 Mar) seasons. Reproductive Season
0,5 Non-reproductive Season
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
y = -0.3521 Ln(x) + 1.1339
Seahorse Mean weight (mean± sd) of caught seahorses was 10.8 ± 3.6
(mean± sd) 0,3
g (3.3 – 17.1 g) in females and 12.9 ± 3.0 g (6.4 – 18.7 g) in males. FEMALES R = 0.8047
Maximal weight achieved in captivity was 23.7 g in females and 28.9 g
in males. Weight gain in 21 months was 11.9 g in males (92% increase)
y = -0.3163 Ln(x) + 1.0023
and 7.5 g in females (70% increase). Specific growth rates (SGR %) 2
were high and, consistently higher in males than in females, 0,1 R = 0.4407
decreasing progressively as weight increased and dropping to 0
(growth stopped) when males and females reached about 25 and 20 g, 0,0 y = -0.2726 Ln(x) + 0.8022
respectively (Fig 2). Growth of seahorses in our study was near to R = 0.6745
those reported by Palma et al. (2008) in seahorses weighting about 6-8 -0,1
g and fed on frozen shrimp (SGR=0.53) and mysids (0.48). Those y = -0.2832 Ln(x) + 0.8413
authors also reported no growth when seahorses were fed on adult R = 0.6211
frozen Artemia (-0.01). -0,2
0 5 10 15 20 25 30
The study demonstrates that growth in adults of the long-snouted
WET WEIGHT (gr)
seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus is plenty satisfactory when fed
exclusively on adult enriched Artemia. The culture and enrichment
Fig. 2. Specific growth rates (SGR %) in seahorses (males and females)
procedures applied to Artemia seem to be adequate.
maintained in captivity for two seasons.
Science (CGL2005- 05927- C03-
Project Hippocampus was financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (CGL2005-05927-C03-01/03) and Xunta de Galicia
(PGIDIT06PXIC402106PN). P. Quintas was supported by a postdoctoral contract (JAE-CSIC).
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