Common Names: Pot-bellied or Big-bellied Seahorse
Characteristics: H. abdominalis have prominent, rounded eye spines, cirri around the head region, deep body, males have a prominent brood pouch that is usually white. Colors typically range from white to yellow to orange to brown, with dark splotches on head and trunk, tails are banded with alternating colors. Colors are not fixed and may change based surroundings, diet, stress, mood or possibly other factors. Males are heavier, have longer tails, shorter thicker snouts and have more markings than females. H. abdominalis are very social, active and strong swimmers.
Distribution: Australia and New Zealand.
Habitat: Commonly found in sea grasses and rocky reefs in shallow water, sponges and colonial hydroids in deeper water.
Size: May reach up to 12 inches or more. Males typically larger than females.
Sexual Maturity: Between 8 to 12 months. Gestation approximately 30 days. Fry are pelagic.
Minimum Tank Size Recommendations: 36 inches vertical height. This species has been successfully kept in 55 gallon tanks, but it doesn't do them justice. A very tall large tank with a chiller is recommended.
Water Temperature: 59 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 22 degrees Celsius), with an ideal range of 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Availability: Currently Available
Shipping: This species ships separately from other seahorses or products. Flat Rate shipping fee of $39.95 to CONUS. Hawaii & Alaska quoted per actual charges.