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Genus: Hippocampus, Seahorses


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seahorse, prehensile tail

HIPPOCAMPUS

SEAHORSES

Neck curved, with head at about right angle to body; dorsal fin large, its base elevated; pectorals and anal fin small; no pelvic fins; tail prehensile, curlable, without a tail fin; brood pouch on trunk.

A circumglobal tropical to temperate genus with 52 species; 3 species, 1 endemic and the others from the W Atlantic, occur in our region.