Sea-Horse (long snouted)
UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
Typical sea-horse shape, which cannot be confused with the pipe fishes. The head is bent downwards from the erect body posture, and has a long prehensile tail that lacks the caudal fin. Camouflage maybe enhanced by individuals sporting differing lengths of appendages, running from the head down to the dorsal fin.
This particular species of sea-horse is distinguished by having a straight snout that is more than a third of the head length. The dorsal fin is composed of 18 to 21 rays, although typically 19. It is the main source of propulsion for sea-horses and may beat up to 70 times a second. The anal fin is diminutive, and is to be found almost in line with the posterior end of the dorsal fin. The chameleon like eyes are able to move independently of each other, and are used to great effect to target prey. The overall body colouration, ranges from greenish yellow through to redish brown and often reflects the associated vegetation/substrate, and is speckled with bluish white spots and flecks.
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