Thorny Seahorse (Hippocampus histrix)

Also known as Longsnout Seahorse, Long-snouted Seahorse, Longspine Seahorse, Prickly Seahorse, Spiny Seahorse

Description

Also known as Longsnout Seahorse, Long-snouted Seahorse, Longspine Seahorse, Prickly Seahorse, Spiny Seahorse.

Found singly or in pairs anchored by their tails over shallow sheltered reefs amongst algae and seaweed over estuaries and seaward reefs, also sometimes offshore attached to drifting seaweed rafts.
They feed by sucking crustaceans and zooplankton into their mouths.
Length - 17cm
Depth - 1-80m
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: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/5954

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