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Fishes - Seahorse / Hippocampus ramulosus (Leach, 1814)
The Hippocampus ramulosus (sea horse) can be recognised by its snout. The snout is longer than 1/3 of the length of the head. The diameter of the eye is smaller than half the length of the snout. It is difficult to find sea horses because they are very well camouflaged (see picture). You swim easily along it without recognition.

See horses can reach a length up to 15 cm.

Uniform brown with small white spots.

See horses live in seaweed and eelgrass.

Area of distribution
They live at the Atlantic coast of Europe, the North America and Indo-Australian areas. Specimens that are found in Nordic waters are commonly carried along with the currents.

The females lay the eggs in the pouch of the male. After that it takes four to five weeks before the eggs come out.

  • North Pacific Ocean
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Adriatic Sea
  • North Atlantic Ocean

  • Photographer
    Duncan van Vliet

    Text writer
    Duncan van Vliet

    Joost Verheezen