Some seahorses pair for life, with the males carrying the pregnancies – but if the pair are separated for even a few days, the female seems to forget the male
26 October 2021
Male seahorses are sometimes labelled nature’s best fathers, given that they form close, monogamous partnerships with a female and carry the pregnancy from shortly after fertilisation all the way to birth. But female seahorses may see things differently. They forget the long-term bond they share with their male partner if the two are separated even for a few days.
Lined seahorses (Hippocampus erectus) are sexually monogamous, typically mating for life. Like other seahorses, they are unusual in that the males get pregnant, …