Re:seahorse giving birth for three days

Pete Giwojna

Dear makala007:

Okay, thanks for the additional information — that clarifies the situation somewhat.

The typical brood size for true Hippocampus kuda, or the Hawaiian form of the kuda complex, ranges from 250-1400 young for a mature male. So it’s quite possible that Stumpy may have more offspring on the way following that first outburst of 100 or so newborns.

However, since he is a young male and this is only his second brood, and he did botch the transfer of the eggs somewhat during his first mating attempt, I wouldn’t be surprised if this brood was also smaller than normal. The total number of offspring he produces this time around may also be well under 250; you’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out.

Yes, I have some detailed information on breeding and raising H. kuda I would be happy to share with you if you contact me off list ([email protected]). The files are too long to post on this forum.

Best of luck with stumpy’s extended pregnancy, makala007! Good luck rearing that first batch of babies he delivered days ago.

Pete Giwojna

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