Seahorse Facts

Seahorse Facts

A seahorse, in Greek, means sea-monsters. In earlier days, there was a lot of confusion and myths that were prevalent regarding the origin and evolution of the sea-horses. According to some books, they have also been sometimes referred to as strange insects or shellfish. The size range of sea-horses is from 6-8 inches. They can generally be found in shallow, temperate, and coastal tropical waters all over the world.

Here are some basic information and facts about the seahorses.

Family name - Hippocampinae
Order name - Syngnathidae
Common name - Seahorse
Scientific name - Hippocampus

  • Seahorses were given international protection on 15th may 2004.
  • Variations in seahorses can be seen in color, like orange, green, red, and yellow.
  • Seahorses are seen two patterns: Zebra stripes and spots.
  • A group of seahorses is called as herd. They have internal skeleton.
  • All of the seahorses are not able to curl their tail backwards.
  • Seahorses are estimated to have an average lifespan of 1-5 years.
  • They can move their dorsal fins backward and forward to drive themselves all through the stream in an upright situation.
  • Steering and spinning is done by their pectoral fins.
  • Seahorse does not have stomach and teeth, owing to which the food passes directly into their digestive system.
  • They usually feed on daphnia, larvae, cyclops, or mysids.
  • Every seahorse has only one partner throughout his life with whom they dance, come together, and change the color.
  • Seahorses generate musical sounds at the time of mating, which is usually done during full moon.
  • Seahorse is the only animal in the animal kingdom where the male has its babies.

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