Seahorse Tagging

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Visitors to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas love seeing seahorses, but aquarists agree that seahorse care and management has challenges. Identifying them is a big hurdle, especially in breeding situations. To face this challenge Audubon recently started a tagging program to learn more about our Lined Seahorses (Hippocampus erectus). These tags are made of soft thread and a laminated pennant, which is placed around each seahorse’s neck. Each tag displays a 3 digit number to identify individual seahorses and the tags have electrical wire casing that will loosen as our seahorses grow.

Our collection includes a mix of captive bred H. erectus from multiple institutions and the new tags will help us keep records of related individuals, animal origin, gender, age, and location within our Aquarium.