Photo: Peter Liu Photography The Pacific seahorse, or Hippocampus ingens – like this strikingly colored example – is one of the biggest seahorse species. Pacific seahorses can grow up to 7.5 inches (19 centimeters) long! While this isn’t quite as big as the foot-long pot-bellied seahorse, it's still pretty impressive.
The camouflage that weedy sea dragons use to hide in the temperate marine vegetation they derive their name from is so successful that once they reach adulthood they have no natural predators. Unfortunately they are still at risk due to habitat destruction. The males of the species carry the bright pink, fertilized eggs underneath their tails for about two months before the fully formed young hatch and are left to fend for themselves.
Photo: Felicia McCaulley This female lined seahorse is giving us a good look at her coronet, or the bony plates on top of her head. No two seahorse coronets are the same, making them the equivalent of human fingerprints. Seahorses have bony plates all over their body arranged in rings.
Photo: Felicia McCaulley Here’s another nice example of a brown lined seahorse. than other fish species, many types of seahorses will easily change mates, and many more are still to be studied for their mating habits. Seahorse courtship is a drawn-out affair that can go on for days. During this ritual, the seahorses may hold each other’s tails, change colors together, and sometimes twirl around the same stalk of sea grass.
The 'leafy seadragon' is a form of marine fish belonging to the ‘Syngnathidae’ family. These fishes move very slowly and heavily rely on camouflage for their survival.They can change their color to blend with their environment and are known to grow up to an age of two years