Common Seahorse

An endangered species of Hawaii


  • Classified as fish
  • Skin in these colors: black, brown, creamy, yellow, orange-yellow, or red.
  • The length of a seahorse can grow up to 30 centimeters
  • One of their unusual characteristics are their snouts.


Food Chain

  • Prey to larger fish
  • Predators to tiny fish, small shrimp, plankton, and small crustaceans.
  • Seahorses get their food from their own habitat.
  • They are carnivores.



  • Usually found in Hawaii, Australia, North America, and Asia
  • Live in water
  • Live in tropical and temperate climate
  • In the water, they live in estuaries, reefs, and mud slopes.



  • They have no teeth, so they swallow their food through their tube-like mouths.
  • Camoflauge to protect themselves from predators and hiding to catch food
  • After birth, baby seahorses must be independent and do things on their own.


Critical Info

Endangered because:

  • Being sold in shops as souvenirs
  • Used in Chinese medicine
  • Accidentally killed as bycatch during shrimp trawling.

To help the seahorse's endangerment, there is a project/organization called Project Seahorse.

Dwarf Seahorse Feeding


Photo 1: Stavros Markopoulos via Flickr

Photo 2: Irene Mei via Flickr

Photo 3: Laszlo Ilyes via Flickr

Photo 4: Nathan Rupert via Flickr