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Location: Western Atlantic: Nova Scotia, Canada and
northern Gulf of Mexico to Panama and Venezuela. A southern form that
may prove to be a separate species is known from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
and questionably from Suriname.
Environment: depth range 1 - 73 m Generally in
coastal waters; often around man-made structures. Those that live
in Sargassum usually have bony protuberances and fleshy tabs that
may serve as camouflage. Move into deeper waters during winter.
Climate: Tropical or Subtropical
Availability: WC and CB are available
Physical Characteristics: 8 inches (20.3 cm), Coronet:
variable Spines: variable Usually first, third, fifth,
seventh and eleventh trunk rings enlarged (in most other species it is
the first, fourth, seventh and eleventh); ; deep-bodied; cheek spine
single or double. Base colour variable–ash grey, orange, brown,
yellow, red or black; characteristic pattern of white lines
following contour of neck; tiny white dots on tail; may have darker or
paler ‘saddles’ across dorsal surface often in line with the more
enlarged body rings.
Reproduction: 14 - 21 days (usually 14 in aquariums)
considered hardy, good first seahorse. Some people are concerned
that Erectus may be carriers of disease which they are immune to but
which may infect other species that are kept with Erectus. Use
caution when keeping with other species.