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White’s seahorse (Hippocampus whitei)

Hippocampus whitei, or white’s seahorse, is found in Australia and the Solomon islands at depths of about 25m. They grow up to 20cm in length and can change colour depending on the colour of the food they eat in their environment.

Seahorses are bony fish which have skin stretched over bony plates. Seahorses swim upright and very slowly. Seahorse males have a brood pouch which is used to nurture the female’s eggs as they develop. This gives the males a smoother ventral abdomen than the females.