Longsnout Seahorse (Hippocampus reidi)

Also known as Horsefish, Long-snouted Seahorse, Reidi Seahorse, Slender Seahorse

Description

Also known as Horsefish, Long-snouted Seahorse, Reidi Seahorse, Slender Seahorse.

Found singly or in pairs anchored with their tails to gorgonians and seagrasses over muddy bottoms of estuaries and seaward reefs, also sometimes offshore attached to drifting seaweed rafts.
They feed on zooplankton which they suck whole into their mouths.
Length - 17cm
Depth - 0-50m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

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.se/summary/3285

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