Estuary Seahorse (Hippocampus kuda)

Also known as Common Seahorse, Estuarine Seahorse, Indian Seahorse, Kuda Seahorse, Oceanic Red Seahorse, Oceanic Seahorse, Orange Seahorse, Smooth Seahorse, Spotted Seahorse, Yellow Seahorse

Description

Also known as Common Seahorse, Estuarine Seahorse, Indian Seahorse, Kuda Seahorse, Oceanic Red Seahorse, Oceanic Seahorse, Orange Seahorse, Smooth Seahorse, Spotted Seahorse, Yellow Seahorse.

Found singly or in pairs anchored by their tails over open water muddy bottoms of steep slopes covered with algae and seaweed in estuaries and seaward reefs, also sometimes offshore attached to drifting seaweed rafts.
They feed by sucking zooplankton into their mouths.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-60m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Pipefishes and Seahorses are unique in that the male gives birth! The female deposits their eggs after fertilisation into the males pouch to incubate the eggs for one month before giving birth.
They attach to anything they can get their tail around, even each other usually close to the bottom to blend in with their surroundings.
Seahorses are a threatened species because it is sought after for Chinese medicine. Ref: https://www.fishbase.in/summary/hippocampus-kuda

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