Jienne Al-Haideri, Seema Patel, Chithra Rajasekaran & David Yang . Seahorses. Introduction Overview of Seahorses Morphology and Behavior brood pouches, snout, body, tail, dorsal fins feeding, Sexual dimorphism Conservation Concerns Future Directions Summary & Conclusions Q & A. Agenda.
Body Armor: thin layer of skin covering several bony plates
Trunk rings and coronet
Coronet: "crown" structure positioned at head (equivalent to human thumbprint)
Camouflage used as a defense mechanism and predatory strategy (ex. Dragon Seahorse)
Armor makes them unappetizing preyBody Covering
Overexploitation in target fisheries
Threats from habitat degradation
Unique reproduction (male pregnancy)
Drastically changed the fish body plan
Vertical swimming style
They need protection!
Dramatic declines worldwide
Biggest predator is manSummary