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Seahorse (Hippocampus abdominals)
Size: 12–15cm
The seahorse is a fish, despite its upright, unusual appearance. It is a native of New Zealand found in seaweed covered rocks where it clings on with its tail.
The male broods the young in a fleshy pouch over the stomach. The female deposits eggs into the pouch where they are fertilized and the male gives birth. Brood size in captivity varies between around 20 and up to 270.
The New Zealand seahorse is larger than any other type in the world. Lives on live food.