Great seahorse

Characteristics

  • Usually occurs singly.
  • After courtship, eggs will be transferred from female to male. The male will carry
  • eggs in a specialised ventral brood pouch until hatching.

Description

  • Body usually pale brown with or without spots and vertical lines.
  • A “coronet” (crown-like structure) with several short spines and curled slightly backwards is clearly visible on the head. The coronet of the Spotted seahorse is more rounded, and the coronet of the Longnose seahorse is low and less obvious.
  • A prominent spine above eye, which is absent in the Spotted seahorse. Eye spine in the Longnose seahorse is hooked backwards.
  • Body relatively slender compared to both the Spotted seahorse and the Longnose seahorse.

Common Name: Great seahorse

Family Common Name: Seahorses

Scientific Name: Hippocampus kelloggi___(Jordan & Snyder, 1901)

Maximum Length: 28 cm (Height Length)