Barbour's seahorse #2, Hippocampus barbouri  [101K]

This male Barbour's seahorse has its tail curled in a tucked position for speed, as it moves horizontally. Since seahorses do not have caudal (tail) fins, they are slower than most other fish, and must rely on stealth for their survival. The dorsal fin (left side in photo) is used for propulsion, and the smaller pectoral fins below its gill openings are for steering and stability.

This species has a medium-high "coronet" or crowned portion of its head, and double cheek spines. It has a striped snout, and fine lines radiate from the eye. Its size may range to about 14.5 cm (5.7 inches).

Hippocampus barbouri

Barbour's seahorse #4 [63K]
female H. barbouri profile

Barbour's seahorse #3, close-up [78K]
female H. barbouri close-up [78K]


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