Hippocampus erectus (Horsefish)
aquarium specimen, not recorded
This lined seahorse, sometimes known as a northern seahorse (Hippocampus erectus), has small white spots and fine lines than emphasize its graceful appearance. The left pectoral fin is clearly visible, used for maneuvering and stability. Its small snout limits its diet to tiny crustaceans (shrimps, crabs, and crayfish) and other small invertebrates. Though this seahorse is brown in color, all seahorses are capable of changing colors in minutes.
Jeffrey N. Jeffords (photographer; copyright holder; identification)
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