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Lined Seahorse

Posted June 13, 2013. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

Lined seahorses (H. erectus) are eye-catching with their horse-like heads, long bodies, prehensile tails and ability to swim upright. It is little wonder that they belong to the genus Hippocampus, meaning “horse sea monster.”

Seahorses don’t just look weird; they also have an unusual life history. Fathers give birth. After courtship, females deposit eggs in the males’ pouches. Pregnant male seahorses fertilize the eggs internally and give birth to hundreds of tiny juveniles.

Celebrate dads of all species at the Zoo’s Father’s Day Fiesta on Sunday, June 16. Listen to great Latin music and find out who makes the “Top Ten” list for best animal dads.

Who is your favorite animal dad? Do seahorses make it to the top of your list? Join the conversation on Facebook.

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