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PostSubject: Seahorse Species    Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:45 pm

Hippocampus Abdominalis - Potbellied Seahorse

The big-belly seahorse is one of the largest of all seahorses, growing up to 35 cm in length.

Like other seahorses, the head is held at right angles to the body, the eyes can move independently of each other, and the tail is prehensile. Instead of having scales, as most other fish, seahorses have a layer of skin stretched over bony plates that are visible as rings passing around the trunk.

Swimming is powered by the rapidly oscillating dorsal fin, and they steer using the fins on either side of the body (the pectoral fins).

As the common name suggests, this species has a large swollen belly. In common with most other species of seahorse, the big-belly seahorse is well camouflaged; individuals may be brown, yellow, grey, white, orange or mottled, with dark spots and blotches on the head and trunk, and the tail often has alternating pale and dark bands.

Males differ from females in that they have longer tails, a shorter, more robust snout and more dark markings, they also typically have a yellow mark close to the top of the brood pouch.

Also known as:-

big bellied seahorse, eastern potbelly seahorse, hinamoki, kioremoana, manaia, pot bellied seahorse.

Size - Maximum height: 35 cm

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PostSubject: Re: Seahorse Species    Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:52 pm

Love these and love these posts very interesting helen x

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PostSubject: Re: Seahorse Species    Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:32 am

Hippocampus Algiricus

Location: Eastern Atlantic - Senegal to Angola

Environment: marine

Climate: Tropical - require 74-78 F (24-26 C)

Availability: Not commonly available.

Physical Characteristics: 19.2 cm (3.6 inches) Coronet: low, rounded and overhanging at the back. Spines: low, rounded bumps only; body rings quite chunky; broad or almost double eye and cheek spines. May have small white dots.

First Ever Footage of H. Algiricus Taken in the Wild

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PostSubject: Re: Seahorse Species    Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:55 am

Ooo these are lovely ....

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PostSubject: Re: Seahorse Species    Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:31 pm

They are all great.bet you could watch them all day

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PostSubject: Re: Seahorse Species    Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:51 pm

What cute little loves, I think he is dancing LOL!!

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PostSubject: Re: Seahorse Species    Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:11 pm

so beautiful. Could happily just sit and watch them all day.x
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