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Coloured X-ray of two seahorses, Hippocampus sp

Coloured X-ray of two seahorses, Hippocampus sp


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Coloured X-ray of two seahorses, Hippocampus sp

Seahorses. Coloured X-ray of two seahorses, Hippocampus sp. positioned back to back. A seahorse is a type of fish. The external bony skeleton consists of rings around the head, trunk, and tail and some of these bony plates have spines. The gill cavity is behind each eye. Seahorses move slowly using fins (not seen here); their tail can be used to anchor the animal to seaweed or coral. It is the male seahorse that incubates the fertilized eggs in a brood pouch on his abdomen. There are many species of Hippocampus distributed around the world, mainly in tropical and subtropical seas

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This print showcases the intricate beauty of two seahorses, Hippocampus sp. , captured through a colored X-ray. Positioned back to back, these enchanting creatures reveal their unique anatomy and mesmerizing features. Seahorses are a fascinating type of fish characterized by an external bony skeleton composed of rings encircling their head, trunk, and tail. Some of these skeletal plates even bear delicate spines. In this image, we witness the gill cavity located behind each eye, highlighting the remarkable adaptation that enables seahorses to thrive underwater. Although not visible in this snapshot, seahorses navigate their surroundings with slow movements using fins while utilizing their flexible tails as anchors to secure themselves onto seaweed or coral. An intriguing aspect about seahorse reproduction is unveiled here: it is actually the male seahorse that incubates fertilized eggs within a specialized brood pouch situated on his abdomen. This extraordinary behavior sets them apart from most other species in the animal kingdom. The genus Hippocampus encompasses numerous species distributed across tropical and subtropical seas worldwide. These captivating creatures have captivated scientists and nature enthusiasts alike due to their distinctive appearance and intriguing behaviors. This stunning photograph from Science Photo Library offers us a glimpse into the marvelous world of sea life while reminding us of nature's endless wonders waiting to be explored.

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