Long-snouted seahorse

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Not to be confused with Longsnout seahorse.
Long-snouted seahorse
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gasterosteiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Genus: Hippocampus
Species: H. guttulatus
Binomial name
Hippocampus guttulatus
(G. Cuvier, 1829)[1]
  • Hippocampus longirostris Schinz, 1822
  • Hippocampus ramulosus Leach in Shaw & Nodder, 1814

The long-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) is a species of fish in the Syngnathidae family. The long-snouted seahorse is also referred to as the spiny seahorse and is native to the northeast Atlantic, including the Mediterranean.[1]

Long-snouted seahorses live in shallow, sheltered waters, hiding amidst seaweed and sea-grass. Their reproduction is interesting, with females depositing the eggs in a pouch in the male's abdomen, where he incubates them for 5 weeks. At the end of this time, the pouch repeatedly contracts until the small completely formed hatchlings are released.


  1. ^ a b Froese, R.; Pauly, D. (6 October 2010). "FishBase".