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Seahorse

Seahorse (also written sea-horse and sea horse) is the name given to 54 species of small marine fishes in the genus Hippocampus. "Hippocampus" comes from the Ancient Greek word hippos (ἵππος, híppos) meaning "horse" and kampos (κάμπος, kámpos) meaning "sea monster". Having a head and neck suggestive of a horse, seahorses also feature segmented bony armour, an upright posture and a curled prehensile tail.

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A cavalcade of sea horses

A cavalcade of sea horses.

Contributed by Amanda Emery

This video gives an overview of how the seahorse got it's name and gives details about it.

Contributed by Allie M. Fentress

Seahorse Checking Itself Out!

Female or Male?? Look at the angle of the abdomen as it slopes toward the tail. A female will feature a sharper curvature between the belly and tail, as no pregnancy pouch is present. A male seahorse's abdomen curves at a soft arc toward the tail. What do you think? I think it is a female!

Contributed by Vanessa Lam

Male Seahorse Giving Birth!!!!!!!!

Contributed by Katie Mullen

Ever wonder how the seahorse got its shape? Here is the answer to your questions!

Contributed by Katie Poggio

Plenty of information about seahorses

Contributed by Katie Poggio

Not for those who have a sensitivity to mildly harsh language. This video is still, however, quite factual and entertaining!

Contributed by Domino Birze

I've always been intrigued about seahorses and how the males carry the babies as opposed to females, this video explains it all.

Contributed by Destinee Zawada

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