Leafy Sea Dragon, Pipefish, and Seahorse Pictures Pictures

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Leafy Sea Dragon, Pipefish, and Seahorse Photos Showing These Closely Related Fish

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Sea horses, pipefish, and leafy sea dragons are closely related fish of the Syngnathidae family. Sea horses and pipefish are mainly found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world in sea grass beds, coral reefs, or mangroves. Leafy sea dragons are found around southern and western Australia. They can range from less than an inch long for sea horses, to more than 18 inches for some of the leafy sea dragons. Sea horses are named for their equine appearance, leafy sea dragons for the leafy protrusions on their body that are used for camouflage, and pipe fish for the form of their snout which is like a long tube. One of their common features is that the eggs are brooded by the male. The female deposits her eggs in a special pouch or brood patch on the male’s body, and the male then fertilizes the eggs. The male broods the eggs to maturity and then releases them into the water whereupon they are completely independent of their parents.

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White's Seahorse mating Leafy Sea Dragon Short-snouted Seahorse Snake Pipefish

Picture of White's seahorse or sea horses, Hippocampus whitei, mating, female transferring eggs to male's pouch, Australia

Picture #: 009046

Image of leafy sea dragon, Phycodurus eques, Kangaroo island, Australia

Picture #: 009044

Stock photo of male short-snouted seahorse or sea horse, Hippocampus breviceps, releases young from brood pouch, Australia

Picture #: 006979

Photo of Snake pipefish, Entelurus aequorus, Norway, North Atlantic Ocean

Picture #: 082105

Pygmy Seahorse

Longsnout Seahorse Harlequin or Ornate Ghost Pipefish Lined Seahorse

Photo of pygmy seahorse or sea horse, Hippocampus bargibanti, Lebeth strait, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

Picture #: 007376

Stock photo of Longsnout seahorse, Hippocampus reidi, St. Croix, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

Picture #: 098832

Image of harlequin or ornate ghost pipefish, Solenostomus paradoxus, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Ocean

Picture #: 024576

Picture of lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus, pregnant male giving birth (expelling fry or baby seahorses from brood pouch)

Picture #: 035732

Short-snouted Seahorse Harlequin or Ornate Ghost Pipefish Ringed or Banded Pipefish Robust Ghost Pipefish

Picture of short-snouted seahorse or sea horse, Hippocampus breviceps, showing prehensile tail, Australia

Picture #: 006973

Image of ornate or harlequin ghost pipefish, Solenostomas paradoxus, Andaman Sea, Thailand, Indian Ocean

Picture #: 009130

Stock photo of ringed or banded pipefish, Doryramphus dactyliophorus, Restorf Island, Kimbe Bay, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, Bismarck Sea/ Western Pacific Ocean

Picture #: 033501

Photo of Robust Ghost Pipefish, Solenostomus cyanopterus, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Picture #: 045801


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