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Lined seahorse
(Hippocampus erectus)
walrus
Description
They have a horse-like head set at right angles to the body. They have a prehensile tail, which they use to hold onto seaweed and coral. The scales have been replaced by rings of about 50 rectangular bony plates, encasing the body in a semi-rigid skeleton. Their eyes can swivel independently or converge to achieve binocular vision. The most distinguishing feature between the male and the female seahorse is the kangaroo-like pouch that the male has on its ventral side, used for reproduction. Their bodies have a pattern of dark lines on a lighter background and count with count with from 18 to 21 dorsal-fin rays.
Dimensions
They grow up to 5 inches long.
Diet
They use their elongated snout to suck in small crustaceans.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit in seaweed and on coral reefs at depths of 16 to 98 ft. They can be found in New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas and Eastern Canada.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS VULNERABLE

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