Hippocampus whitei

Fish: Hippocampus whitei or White’s seahorse

Distribution: New South Wales Australia from Botany Bay to Port Stephens.

Habitat: Hippocampus whitei occurs in shallow-water estuaries and inhabits seagrasses, sponge gardens and artificial structures such as jetties and protective swimming nets.

Mating: Hippocampus whitei is considered to be monogamous and pair-bonded during the breeding season.

Color variations 

Hippocampus whitei

Hippocampus whitei

Hippocampus whitei

 

A great place to see H. whitei  is on the shark net either at Chowder Bay or in Manly Cove in Sydney harbor. I have found many color variations ranging form brown to yellow to orange.

In Port Stephens you can find  H. whitei in the abundant soft coral. In Manly Cove either in the shark nets or in the seagrass nearby.