Friday, April 27, 2012

Short-Snouted Seahorse (Hippocampus brevirostris)

Short-Snouted Seahorse (Hippocampus brevirostris).

Sent by Olia, a postcrosser from Lithuania.

This is from Wikipedia :  The short-snouted seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, is a species of seahorse in the family Syngnathidae. It is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the North Atlantic, particularly around Italy and the Canary Islands. Colonies of the species have recently been discovered in the River Thames around London and Southend-on-Sea.

Their preferred habitat is shallow muddy waters, estuaries or seagrass beds.

In the United Kingdom they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

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