UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
Typical sea-horse shape, which cannot be confused with the pipe fishes. The head is bent downwards from the erect body posture, and has a long prehensile tail that lacks the caudal fin. In this particular species the snout is concave, and who's length is less than a third of the total head length. This reduction of the snout, gives the eyes the appearance of being large, ie about half the length of the snout. The eyes are also able to move independently of each other and are used to track potential threats and prey.
The dorsal fin is composed of some 17 to 18 rays, with the pectoral having 14 or so. The anal fin is very small, and is almost located opposite the posterior end of the dorsal fin. Colouration ranges from yellow through to darkish brown, often reflecting the associated vegetation/substrate.
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