Tag: Sea-Horses, Razorfish & True Pipefish (Syngnathiformes)

A group of fish featuring elongated, narrow bodies, often surrounded by a series of bony rings. They are also distinguished by their small, tubular mouths. Several groups live among seaweed and swim with the body aligned vertically. This adaptation is though to allow to them blend in with the coral stems and Sea Urchin spines, etc. The name "Syngnathiformes" means "conjoined-jaws"

A group of fish featuring elongated, narrow bodies, often surrounded by a series of bony rings. They are also distinguished by their small, tubular mouths. Several groups live among seaweed and swim with the body aligned vertically. This adaptation is though to allow to them blend in with the coral stems and Sea Urchin spines, etc. The name "Syngnathiformes" means "conjoined-jaws"
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Common (Hippocampus Taeniopterus) or Estuarine Sea-Horse (H. Kuda)

I found this Sea-Horse lying in the sand, approximately 50m out from the reef at Mae Haad/Koh Ma.

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Tiger-Tail Sea-Horse (Hippocampus Comes)

This little Sea-Horse, attached to a mooring line at Laem Tien, Koh Tao, may possibly be a Tiger-Tail Sea-Horse (Hippocampus Comes) although due to their ability to change colour to match surroundings and also their very infrequent sightings in local waters, this is a tentative identification.

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Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus)

Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus) can be quite difficult to approach and even more difficult to photograph due to their body shape and silvery colouration.

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Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi) 2

A close-ip shot of the head of a Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi) showning it's circular, toothless mouth.

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Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi)

A pair of Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus Janssi) in a crevice at Sail Rock.

Here you can see the distinctive blue/orange colouration of the body and the black, paddle-like tail with its white margin and central spot.