The Amazing Spiny Seahorse
Classification of a Spiny Seahorse
Common Name: Spiny Seahorse
Genus Species: Hippocampus spp.
Species: Hippocampus Histrix
- Habitat:Found at depths of at least six meters, the spiny seahorse is often found in water over soft bottoms, amongst soft coral, sponges and sea squirts, where there is little or no seagrass. It may also be found in shallower areas where algae grow on reef rubble (dead, unstable coral).
- Threats:Many seahorses are threatened by exploitation for use in traditional Chinese medicines, as well as for curios, souvenirs and aquariums. Although the spiny seahorse is known to be collected, it is less desirable than some other species for the traditional Chinese medicine trade and is rarely seen in the aquarium trade.
- Reproduction:In the Indian and Pacific oceans is where they reproduce like all other seahorse with male coming pregnant.The female deposits her eggs into a hollow section of the male's abdomen knows as a brood pouch. Here the eggs are fertilized, grow, and hatch in 10 to 60 days. Once the tiny young are born, they'll reach maturity in approximately 6 months.
- What it eats? In the Ocean they are able to eat zooplankton but in the Shedd Aquarium, they're fed brine shrimp and mysis shrimp. With whatever they eat, they have to suck in and swallow whole because they have no teeth.
- The color of the spiny seahorse ranges from white to light yellow to pale brown and spots and fine lines cover the body.
- This seahorse has bony armor with spines sticking out all over it. The spines rotate between being long and short.
- The largest of the spines poke out of the front of the head to protect its eyes and head.
- A curly, prehensile tail that is able to grab things,rolls up at the bottom of this seahorse.
Spiny Sea Horse in Action
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