Hippocampus abdominalis ON EXHIBIT:
Seahorse exhibit in River Journey
These seahorses have extremely large abdomens and live on rocky reefs, sea grass beds and around piers and jetties near Tasmania, Australia.
Seahorse numbers are in decline worldwide due to unscrupulous fishing practices and over harvesting, mostly for the Chinese medicine trade. In 2004, all seahorse species were listed under the Conservation of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) as appendix II. This means that all trade of seahorses is strictly regulated and size limitations are imposed, ensuring that there is enough breeding activity to sustain the species.