Hippocampus capensis

Knysna Seahorse
iHashe Yolwandle

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Syngnathidae
Hippocampus capensis Boulenger 1900

Seahorses are found in shallow seas from Tasmania to the United Kingdom, and they feature in myths and legends from around the world (think of how they’re usually depicted drawing Poseidon’s chariot, he the Greek god of the sea) – but none is as rare, none is as endangered, and none has so small a range as the Knysna seahorse. It’s also the only seahorse that’s known to live in estuaries, and it’s found only in dense vegetation in the Keurbooms, Swartvlei, and Knysna Lagoons. (Source)

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Artworks by Quentin Horn and Jane Pitchford