|Big bellied seahorses (Hippocampus abdominalis) are common around Australia and New Zealand where they can be found in sea grass or shallow rocky shores. Their colour typically ranges from white to yellow to orange to brown and males (photo above) have a prominent broad pouch that is usually white. |
Seahorses are voracious feeders, eating mainly small crustaceans. They do not masticate so they can eat to excess because of their small gut tract.
An adult individual can reach 35cm in length. Males give birth to up to 721 babies at a time.
News Update - June 2018