Winged Seahorse (Hippocampus alatus)

Also known as Flying Seahorse

Description

Also known as Flying Seahorse.

Found singly or in pairs anchored by their tails over muddy bottoms of the continental shelf rich in algae and seaweeds.
They feed by sucking zooplankton into their mouths.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 10-80m
Widespread Indo-West 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/59702

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