The Pot-bellied seahorse is claimed to be one of the world’s largest seahorse species and can reach up to 35cm in length.
The enlarged belly of the male seahorses is one of their most unique attributes – the bigger the belly the more attractive he is to a potential breeding partner.
Their common shades of yellow and brown help them hide among seaweed and sea grasses – making them hard to spot to predators.
Where do they live?
The Pot-bellied seahorse is the most common seahorse in southern Australian waters. They are found in waters of up to five meters, from Eastern Victoria to South Australia, including Tasmania.
Seahorse Nurseries are found among seagrasses, while adults prefer areas with more seaweed. Artificial structures, such as jetties, nets and salmon cages are also a common home for seahorses.