Common Name: Lined seahorse
Latin Name: Hippocampus erectus
Size/weight: Up to 5 inches
Range: Nova Scotia to Argentina; Bermuda and Gulf of Mexico
Habitat: Found in shallow waters among grasses
Diet: Brine shrimp and other live zooplankton.
Predators: Crabs, skates and rays; humans.
Description: Body is upright with a head (shaped liked a horse head) perpendicular to body. Dorsal fin is fan shaped. Tail is prehensile and lacks a caudal fin. Color varies from light brown to almost black and can change depending on the background. It is the male of the species that gives birth.
Conservation Note: Considered a vulnerable species due to pollution, habitat destruction and overfishing (with a high demand from the Asian market for use in traditional medicines, and as a desirable fish for home aquariums).