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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Chordata | Subphylum Vertebrata
  Photo by Tan Bee HongSeahorse
Hippocampus
Family Syngnathidae


These are usually associated with seaweed and are superb camouflage artistes. They use their siphon-like mouths to feed on small plankton. The tail is highly prehensile and used for gripping. The dorsal fin is used for swimming.

The male has a pouch in which the female lays her eggs and where the young are brooded. Their colour varies from dark brown to mottled and bright yellow. They are often dried for use in Chinese medicine. (Length up to 11cm).
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre