Tigertail Seahorse (Hippocampus comes)

Also known as Spotted Seahorse, Tiger-tailed Seahorse

Description

Also known as Spotted Seahorse, Tiger-tailed Seahorse.

Found in pairs anchored by their tails over kelp beds and sponge gardens of coral reefs or amongst floating Sargassum rafts.
They feed on zooplankton by sucking it into their mouths whole!
Length - 18.7cm
Depth - 15-30m
Widespread Western Central 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.se/summary/Hippocampus-comes

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