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The seahorse is a vertebrate fish and is a close relative of the pipefish Its Genus is Hippocampus There are about 40 different species including Hippocampus fuscus the black seahorse and Hippocampus kuda Oceanic seahorse Kelloggs seahorse Common seahorse or Yellow seahorse Depending on species the seahorse can range in length from 5 cm to 36 cm tall and live up to 4 years old They also have an extremely wide range of colors some of these include white yellow red brown black gray or spottedAll seahorses live in the tropical waters The seahorses habitat is a coral reef and or seaweed These areas are highly effective in protecting the animal They can easily hid using their camouflage They use this camouflage much like a chameleon does they simply blend in with their background When hiding from a predator or feeding the seahorse latches its tail to a coral branch or seaweed this helps it stay in one place without making commotionThe seahorse feeds on little plankton small crustaceans worms brine shrimp and fish larvae It uses its mouth to suck up food by rapidly opening and closing it It does not have teeth instead it has a small mouth found at the end of its long tube like snout The snout is made of lower and upper jaws A unique and useful feature of the seahorse is its eyes The seahorse has binocular vision While feeding it will keep one eye on the look out for food and the other looking for predatorsThe only defense seahorses have besides their camouflage is the heavy armor they have across their entire body except for their fins The armor is made up of plates that make a distinctive pattern The pattern is different in each species Some have a circle as a pattern and some have straight lines As a result of the heavy armor they carry they cant swim well When a predator
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