Marine Animal Encyclopedia
Short-snouted Seahorse Hippocampus hippocampus
In the seahorse world, it is the males that give birth to the young. After an elaborate courtship dance, the female lays her eggs in a special pouch on the male’s belly. The pouch seals over until the eggs hatch and the tiny baby seahorses emerge. This species is distinguished by its short snout, which is less than a third of the head length.