Here’s How Male Seahorses Ended Up Being The Ones That Get Pregnant

2016-12-16T08:53:27+00:00 December 16, 2016|
A Spiny seahorse (Hippocampus histrix) in Indonesia. Scientists have studied the seahorse genome to determine why the males get pregnant. (Credit: Silke Baron/Wikimedia Commons)

(Click to enlarge) A Spiny seahorse (Hippocampus histrix) in Indonesia. Scientists have studied the seahorse genome to determine why the males get pregnant. (Credit: Silke Baron/Wikimedia Commons)

Seahorses are the only known animal where the male gets pregnant and has babies. How they ended up with this unique trait has been a longstanding mystery – one which scientists have now solved by extensively analysing its genome.

(From International Business Times / by Hannah Osborne)– Male pregnancy is not the only thing that makes these little sea creatures unusual. They don’t have teeth, they don’t have a pelvic fin, instead of a ribcage their bodies are covered with bony plates and they swim vertically.