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FC: The Hippocampus Zosterate, a.k.a. the Dwarf Seahorse By Jennelle Potter Period 5
1: The eggs are internally fertilized by the female, so the males are the ones who get pregnant. They can range from any color from Yellow to black, depending on the environment. This creature can only grow up to 2 in (5 cm). Their is over 30 species of Seahorses, and are related to Pipe fish, and Leafy Sea Dragons, . They also have no teeth or stomach. | Trivia/Factoids
2: Gulf of Mexico | Species Distribution | Western Atlantic Ocean | Bahamas
3: Physical Adaptations | Sea Horses use their tail to grab on to the sea grass, coral, or any thing with a easy grip. They have bony rings instead of scales, and their eyes can go where ever they want. | When they swim, its upright so that the dorsal fin pushes them forward, horizontally with their pectoral fins, and Vertically with their swim bladder.
4: Behavioral Adaptation | Dwarf Seahorses are Carnivores, and sometimes they swim in herds, but not that often.
5: Niche | Sea horses use abiotic (Non living) and biotic (Living)things. They use biotic by the sea kelp, sea grass, ocean, etc. the abiotic comes in handy from shrimps living in the sand, since the seahorses eat shrimp.
6: Environmental Needs | They are adapted to many different types of temperatures, currents, and amounts of Salinity (Saltiness of water).
7: With the mate, they'll start by locking tails and swimming in unison around the tank, forming a V shape. | Over time, established couples display continued bonding, but if you have a single male in a tank with several females, the male will change partners frequently. Often, if one partner in a stable union dies, the other will also die within a few days. | Relationships with other organisms
8: Food Web Diagram | Eat -->
9: Seahorses eat... | Larva | Plankton | and so on...
10: Life Cycle | Mating, then the female deposits the eggs in the males pouch. Why the babies are ready, they come out through the Pouch (Belly) and are Juvenile, which means kids. After they are kids, they develop to be full grown adults.
11: The life span for these Seahorses are unknown because its hard to follow them in such in big groups, but what scientists have found say they live from 1-5 years old. | Long Term Species/Population Health