Biology

  • The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Seahorse Evolution

    Seahorse and Damsel Fish By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 01/10/2014

    When you look at a seahorse, it’s easy to wonder how such a bizarre creature could come to be. The seahorse’s behavior and appearance is so radically different from most other fish that one can’t help but ponder how they … Continue reading

  • New Giant Seahorses Discovered; Under-explored Islands Home to Mythological Colossal Seahorses

    Colossal Seahorse By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 04/01/2013

    Marine biologist Dr. Laura Saury, a member of the University of British Columbia-based Seahorse Project marine conservation team, has identified the world’s largest known species of seahorse. Topping out at around 7 feet in length, the Colossal Seahorses are straight out of greek mythology. Continue reading

  • Not-So-True Facts About The Seahorse

    Not So True Facts About The Seahorse By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 01/22/2013

    Ze Frank just did a wonderfully funny video “True Facts About The Seahorse”. I love the True Facts videos he’s been doing; especially since they’re mostly true. Mostly. (Seriously, watch this; it’s some funny stuff.) As good as the video … Continue reading

  • Year in Review: Seahorses 2012

    Yellow Seahorse By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 12/31/2012

    As the new year looms, I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on the news and research about seahorses and their relatives over the past year. Much has happened, and as interest in these strange fish continues to … Continue reading

  • The Biggest Seahorse Vs The Smallest

    Biggest and Smallest Seahorse Side-By-Side By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 07/05/2012

    It’s only been in the past decade that we’ve discovered the ocean is teaming with pygmy seahorses. This is largely because they’re so small, they went undetected for years. The smallest one Hippocampus satomiae, described in 2009 is just a … Continue reading

  • The Pygmy Pipehorses of Cozumel

    West Atlantic Pygmy Pipehorse By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 03/20/2012

    One tiny seahorse relative flourishes in the waters of Cozumel, but often goes unnoticed. The West Atlantic Pygmy Pipehorse is a diminutive, slightly bent cousin of the seahorse that rarely grows larger than 2 inches. They hitch like seahorses, but look more like pipefish with mostly straightened bodies. Continue reading

  • What’s Love Got to Do With It? The Truth About Seahorse Monogamy

    Two Seahorses, Hippocampus breviceps, photographed during a dive By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 10/04/2010

    “Unlike most other fish, they [seahorses] are monogamous and mate for life.” – National Geographic It’s a theme repeated over and over again in the media and in popular culture. The idea that seahorses are monogamous and mate for life … Continue reading

  • Seadragon Fact Sheet

    Leafy Seadragon By Angela Feng | Date posted: 03/07/2010

    Seadragon Facts Habitat: Rocky reefs, seaweed beds, seagrass meadows and structures covered by seaweed and algae. Only found in the waters around Australia. Diet: Mysis shrimp, plankton, small crustatceans and fish Size: 12 inches to 18 inches Species: Two species, … Continue reading

  • Seahorse Fact Sheet

    Pot Belly Seahorse in the wild By Angela Feng | Date posted:

    Seahorse Facts Habitat: Seagrass beds, coral reefs, sheltered lagoons Diet: Mysis shrimp, plankton, small crustatceans and fish Size: 1/2 inch to 14 inches Species: 80+ species, all of the genus Hippocampus Threats: Habitat Loss, Overfishing from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Overfishing from accidental … Continue reading

  • Pipefish Fact Sheet

    Worm Pipefish By Angela Feng | Date posted:

    Pipefish Facts Habitat: Reef, Lagoon, Seagrass, Estuary, River Diet: Mysis shrimp, plankton, small crustatceans, insects, worms and small fish Size: 1 inch to 26inches Species: 200+ species, part of the Syngnathidae family that seahorses belong Threats: Habitat Loss, Overfishing for Traditional Chinese … Continue reading

  • Meet the Strange Syngnathiformes

    seahorsePink By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 11/21/2009

    Syngnathiformes is the order of highly-specialized predatory fish known for their unusual appearance and adaptations. The most well known is the seahorse, but all of the syngnathids have similar features: long, narrow bodies that lack rings but are instead have a bony exterior that makes up armor, and small, tubular mouths used for sucking in prey. Continue reading

  • Pygmy Seahorses

    Hippocampus bargibanti on host gorgonian By Angela Feng | Date posted: 08/04/2009

    What is a pygmy seahorse? Pygmy seahorses are part of the genus Hippocampus which all seahorses belong. They are minute seahorse species found through the world, most less than one inch in size. Most species have been discovered within the past 10 years. Since then, they have become one of the most popular creatures for recreational divers to seek out. Continue reading

  • Happy Father’s Day! 10 Seahorse Facts About the Best Dad In the Animal Kingdom.

    Potbelly seahorses can have upwards of 1000 babies at a time. By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 06/19/2009

    Seahorses are often referred to as the best dads in the animal kingdom – and for good reason – they’re the only animal where the male gets pregnant! That’s right, it’s the men that take on the joys of childbirth in these equine fishes. Continue reading

  • Seadragon Resources and Papers

    Weedy Seadragon in Public Aquarium By Administrator | Date posted: 06/01/2009

    More information on leafy seadragons and weedy seadragons. Papers and websites. Continue reading

  • Seahorse Biology & Anatomy

    Seahorse Anatomy Male Female By Administrator | Date posted: 07/12/2007

    Seahorses, and their relatives the seadragons and pipefish, all belong to the family Sygnathidae (pronounced sing-nath-I-dee) from the Greek words syn meaning together and gnathus meaning jaw, which describes the tubular, fused snout that is common among relatives of this … Continue reading

  • Fish Stores Say The Darnedest Things: 20 Misconceptions About Seahorses

    Not A Worm! By Tami Weiss | Date posted: 06/22/2004

    Seahorses are shrouded in as much fantasy as fact, and much misinformation exists about them. Much of this is perpetuated by ill-informed fish stores, some by the media sensationalizing the almost unreal seahorses. Twenty of the most common misconceptions are addressed here. Continue reading

  • Recognized Hippocampus Species and Common Names

    Hippocampus barbouri By Administrator | Date posted:

    There are currently around 40 recognized seahorse species. Seahorses are part of the family Syngnathidae (pronounced sing-nath-i-dee), which means “fused jaw”. All seahorses belong to the genus Hippocampus. Continue reading

  • Pipe Fish

    Pipefish by John Clark.jpg © CALYPSO By Gerald Jennings | Date posted: 03/01/2000

    Members  of the  family  Syngnathidae,  more commonly known as Pipe Fish, can be found throughout the world both in brackish and marine waters. Coldwater species can be found around the British coast and there are seven species that have been … Continue reading