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Long Snouted Seahorse

Hippocampus guttulatus

In terms of size and biology, the long snouted seahorse is relatively small, reaching only about 15 cm in length. It has a long, slender body, and its spiny appendages help it blend in with its surroundings. It also has a long, snout-like mouth that it uses to suck up its small prey.

The long snouted seahorse, also known as the common seahorse or Hippocampus guttulatus, is a species of fish that belongs to the Syngnathidae family, along with pipefish and sea dragons. It is known for its elongated, tubular body and distinctive, spiny appendages.

The long snouted seahorse is found in the waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, including locations such as the British Isles, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea. It is most commonly found in shallow, coastal waters and seagrass beds.

The diet of the long-snouted seahorse consists primarily of small crustaceans such as shrimp and copepods. It uses its long, snout-like mouth to suck up its prey, and it has specialized gills that allow it to filter out small particles from the water.

In terms of behavior, the long-snouted seahorse is a relatively slow-moving fish that relies on its camouflage for protection. It is a solitary creature and tends to move slowly through the water, using its spiny appendages to blend in with its surroundings.

The long snouted seahorse is scientifically known as Hippocampus guttulatus, and is a member of the Syngnathinae subfamily within the Syngnathidae family. It is closely related to other species of seahorses and pipefish, but is distinguished by its elongated body and spiny appendages. 

Despite its unique and fascinating appearance, the long-snouted seahorse is considered to be vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss and pollution.

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