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Potbelly Seahorse

Hippocampus abdominalis

ON EXHIBIT:  Seahorse exhibit in River Journey

Potbelly Seahorse

FUN FACTS

These seahorses have extremely large abdomens and live on rocky reefs, sea grass beds and around piers and jetties near Tasmania, Australia. 


CONSERVATION
Seahorse numbers are in decline worldwide due to unscrupulous fishing practices and over harvesting, mostly for the Chinese medicine trade.  In 2004, all seahorse species were listed under the Conservation of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) as appendix II.  This means that all trade of seahorses is strictly regulated and size limitations are imposed, ensuring that there is enough breeding activity to sustain the species.

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SEAHORSES  WALLPAPER


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SEYMOUR THE SEAHORSE GAME

Seymour the Seahorse game



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About This Animal

SIZE: 8-32 cm

RANGE: Australia and New Zealand

HABITAT: Algae, seagrass, rocky reefs, man-made objects

DIET:  Zooplankton


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