Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sea Horse

Seahorses belong to the family of Syngnathidae. This word, is a combination of two Greek words Syn-meaning fused and Gnathus-which means jaws. Hippcampus is the genus that they belong too. Hippos means horse and campus, means sea-monster in Greek.

  • Seahorses differ in color, some are orange, red, yellow, green and even grey.
  • Zebra stripes and spots, are two patterns that seahorses come in.
  • A herd, is the term a group of seahorses are known as.
  • Seahorses have an interior skeleton.
  • Seahorses are unable to curl their tail backwards.
  • Seahorses belong to the Teleost suborder or bony fish group.
  • The average lifespan of a seahorse in the wild is estimated to be 1 to 5 years.
  • Seahorses beat their dorsal fins back and forth to propel themselves through the water in an upright position
  • Seahorses are the only animals in the entire animal kingdom in which the male has babies. The female seahorse deposits the eggs into the male's small pouch, these eggs are then fertilized by the male.
  • These little creatures are at risk because about twenty-five million of them are being traded around the world, in a span of a year.

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