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Seahorses : a life-size guide to every species

Lourie, Sara A., author.

Chicago, IL : Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016.

160 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.

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Absolutely captivating creatures, seahorses seem like a product of myth and imagination rather than of nature. They are small, elusive, and are named for their heads, which are shaped like miniature ponies with tiny snouts. They swim slowly upright by rapidly fanning their delicate dorsal fin, coil their tails to anchor themselves in a drift, and spend days in a dancing courtship. Afterward, it is the male who carries the female's eggs in his pouch and hatches the young. Seahorses are found worldwide, and they are highly sensitive to environmental destruction and disturbance, making them the flagship species for shallow-water habitat conservation. They are as ecologically important as they are beautiful.

Seahorses celebrates the remarkable variety of seahorse species as well as their exquisiteness. 57 species, including seadragons and pipefish, are presented in lush, life-size photographs alongside descriptive drawings, and each entry includes detailed and up-to-date information on natural history and conservation. Sara Lourie, a foremost expert on seahorse taxonomy, presents captivating stories of species that range from less than an inch to over a foot in height, while highlighting recent discoveries and ecological concerns. Accessibly written, but comprehensive in scope, this book will be a stunning and invaluable reference on seahorse evolution, biology, habitat, and behavior.

Masters of camouflage and rarely seen, seahorses continue to be a fascinating subject of active research. This visually rich and informative book is certain to become the authoritative guide to these charming and unusual wonders of the sea, beloved at aquariums the world over.



1 copy available at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


978-0-226-33841-5 (cloth : alkaline paper)


978-0-226-33841-5 (cloth : alkaline paper)


9780226338552 (e-book)

LC Call No:

QL638 . S9 L68 2016


Lourie, Sara A., author.


Seahorses : a life-size guide to every species / Sara Lourie.


Chicago, IL : Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016.


160 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.


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Includes bibliographical references and index.


Sea horses.


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