A “pregnant” male Sydney Dwarf Pipehorse (Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri) at Bare Island, Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In the family Syngnathidae (seahorses and relatives) the females typically pass the eggs to the male after mating, who carries them until they hatch and in some species (such as this one) longer – this male is carrying its young in a pouch in its belly. An example of a male of a related species, the Weedy Seadragon, carrying eggs externally, can be seen here.
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Like many other members of the family Syngnathidae, the female Sydney Dwarf Pipehorse deposits its eggs in the male’s “pouch.” He then carries the young until well after they hatch.
Nikon F801s, 60mm Micro Nikkor, Seacam housing, flash.