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Horses of a different color
Seahorse gallery species list


Leafy seadragon, Phycodurus eques
Leaf-like appendages on the head and body help camouflage this animal. Although its color looks bright in the Aquarium exhibit, its greenish coloration appears dull in its natural habitat. This makes the seadragon resemble a plant.

Weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus
The bright yellow, red and purple markings on this animal's head and body provide excellent camouflage and give this animal its name.

Giant Pacific seahorse, Hippocampus ingens
One of the largest seahorse species, these animals can grow to be a foot in length.

Potbelly seahorse, Hippocampus abdominalis
These seahorses have extremely large abdomens and live on rocky reefs, sea grass beds and around piers and jetties near Tasmania, Australia.

Lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus
Lined seahorses may be black, light brown or red and are identified by the tiny white stripes on their heads. These animals are found in the Chesapeake Bay.

Dwarf seahorse, Hippocampus zosterae
They are found in sea grass beds in the Gulf of Mexico and near Bermuda and the Bahamas.

Yellow seahorse, Hippocampus kuda
Also called the common Pacific seahorse, these animals are not always yellow. In fact, 90 percent of yellow seahorses are black.

Tiger tail seahorse, Hippocampus comes
With striped tails and bright colorations, these animals are found near Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Barbour's seahorse, Hippocampus barbouri
The long spines on the bony rings that encircle their bodies give these animals a thorny appearance. Adults are about six inches long.

Alligator pipefish, Syngnathoides biaculeatus
These voracious eaters live in lagoons and sea grass beds.

Coral shrimpfish, Aeoliscus strigatus
Hanging vertically in the water, these creatures are well hidden among the sea grasses they call home.

Banded pipefish, Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus
Banded pipefish have a pencil-like body, a tube-shaped mouth and are marked with dark and light vertical stripes.

Yellowbanded pipefish, Doryrhamphus pessuliferus
With bright red and yellow coloring, this species of pipefish is quite striking.

Northern pipefish, Syngnathus fuscus
Found in habitats from Newfoundland to North Carolina, these are native to the Chesapeake Bay.

Short head seahorse, Hippocampus breviceps
These seahorses are purpleish brown, yellowish or reddish with numerous white spots and some dark patches.

Longsnout seahorse, Hippocampus reidi
Breeding season for this species is more than eight months long.

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