Author(s): Sara Lourie
Seahorses are extraordinary creatures. They swim upright and spend days in dancing courtship. They are small, shy and have heads shaped like miniature ponies. And the male carries the female’s eggs in his pouch and ‘births’ the young. Found worldwide, they are sensitive to environmental disruption and are an obvious flagship group for conservation. Seahorses unveils every species, including the seadragons and pipefish that share the Syngnathidae family. Each of the 47 entries incorporates a photograph and description, so you can admire their beauty as you learn about their ecological importance.
Sara Lourie (Vermont, USA) worked on the award-winning BBC film Secret Lives of Seahorses, and has been a research associate on Project Seahorse for the last eight years. She co-authored the Global Identification Guide to Seahorses and has identified and described multiple new pygmy seahorse species.