On August 17, 2020 our undergraduate researcher, Cameron Eskew, discovered conjoined newborn dwarf seahorses, H. zosterae were born in the lab.
After three days the twins are both active, eating and swimming which is a promising sign they could continue to grow. The twins are joined at the mid abdomen. Internally this area contains the intestines and reproductive organs. It’s unclear if our twins are only joined by the skin, bony plates, or if the connection is deeper into the body. We’ll continue to support and monitor them!