Longsnout seahorse

Longsnout seahorse
Longsnout seahorse
Sphyrnidae (Hammerheads)
Hippocampus reidi
0 to 30 ft
The body color is quite variable, and can include brown, yellow, red and black. Numerous tiny dark spots are distributed evenly over the body. The snout is relatively long. The longsnout seahorse can grow to a length of 6 inches (15 cm). This seahorse is found throughout the Caribbean but is rare north of Cuba. Divers or snorkelers seldom see the longsnout seahorse however, because it inhabits docks, pilings, floating mats of sea grass and other places people do not often look. It will secure itself to sea grasses or gorgonians with its tail and feed on plankton that drifts past.

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