Common Seahorse

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Description of the Common Seahorse

The Common Seahorse is also known as the New Holland Seahorse, Sydney Seahorse, White's Seahorse and is endemic to Australia. Like all seahorses, its tail is prehensile meaning it has the ability to grasp and hold onto objects. Seahorses also have  binocular vision, their eyes can move independently which helps them to catch their prey.

Popular Name: Common Seahorse
Species: Hippocampus whitei

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Common Seahorse

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Profile of the Common Seahorse
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Common Seahorse species.

  • Size: Up to 20cm 

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Small Crustaceans

  • Temperament: Peaceful, good addition to community tank

  • Behaviour: Slow Swimmers. Have the amazing ability to change color depending on their environment

  • Range: Endemic to Australia

Scientific Classification of the Common Seahorse
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Hippocampus whitei

  • Popular Name: New Holland Seahorse - Sydney Seahorse - White's Seahorse

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Gasterosteiformes

  • Family: Syngnathidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Common Seahorse?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Reproduction
The male seahorse has a pouch where the female lays her eggs, they are then fertilized by the male and stored in his pouch. The eggs hatch and stay in the pouch until they are approximately 1cm long. The male will then releases between 100 and 200 tiny seahorse who are left to care for themselves.

 

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Common Seahorse have gills?
Gills enable the Common Seahorse to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Common Seahorse have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Seahorses lack a Caudal Fin, instead they have a prehensile tail which they use to grasp and hold onto objects such as seagrass. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Common Seahorse has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Common Seahorse has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Common Seahorse has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Common Seahorse

Common Seahorse

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Reproduction

  • Why do the Common Seahorse have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Common Seahorse have fins?

  • Species: Hippocampus whitei

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