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Lined Seahorse

Hippocampus erectus

Description:

3-4". Elongated; swims upright with head above body, tail dangles below; armored with lines and ridges. Head and tubular snout angle downward. Color variable: gray, brown or dull red. Dorsal fin fan shaped, tail prehensile, finless, curls around vegetation.

Habitat:

Sea grasses and man made structures in shallow water.

Notes:

Swims weakly by rapid vibration of dorsal fin. When mating, pair makes musical sounds; female lays eggs in males pouch; young hatch and are expelled by male one at a time several weeks later.

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DeniseTickle
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DeniseTickle

Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 8, 2012
Submitted on Jul 14, 2012

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