Dictionary of Ichthyology  

seahorse = a member of the family Syngnathidae which also includes pipefishes. These fishes are characterised by a body enclosed in bony rings, and seahorses have an erect body posture, a prehensile tail, a long snout and the males have a pouch in which they brood the young. Often displayed in aquaria and sold dried as curios.

Hippocampus abdominalis, New Zealand, Porto Bello, Otago Peninsula, South Island, CMNFI 2000-0047, 87 mm from top of head to tail curl. Photograph by Brian W. Coad.

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