Journal article

Seahorse Hotels: Use of artificial habitats to support populations of the endangered White's seahorse Hippocampus whitei

Michael Simpson, Ross A Coleman, Rebecca L Morris, David Harasti

Marine Environmental Research | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020


The provision of temporary, specially designed artificial habitat may help support populations of the Endangered Whites' seahorse Hippocampus whitei in the face of rapid coastal urbanisation and declining natural habitats. Three designs of artificial habitat (Seahorse Hotels) were installed in Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia, where natural habitats had significantly declined. Mark recapture surveys were used to assess seahorse site fidelity and population parameters, and the effect of Seahorse Hotel design on seahorse abundance, epibiotic growth and mobile epifaunal seahorse prey was determined. The Seahorse Hotels sustained a substantial population of seahorses (64; 57-72 95% conf..

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