Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Maned (spiny) seahorse

Nominated by: Seahorse Trust

Conservation status: Data Deficient

Why do you love it? This is an amazing species of seahorse and represents so much about seahorses and why they are so special and to think we have them in the cold grey waters of the UK. Their unique ability to change colour, camouflage by growing appendages on their body and the coming together of the males and females for the breeding season; with their stunning courtship dance each morning just shows what a strange, unique and beautiful fish they are.

What are the threats to the maned seahorse? The main threat to this species is the loss of its habitat and feeding sites caused by overuse of mankind. Pollution from farms and other types of run off also damage this species’ habitat and they are easily disturbed by human interference.

What are you doing to save it? The Seahorse Trust have been pioneers with British seahorses, setting up the British Seahorse Survey (the longest running one of its kind in the world) in 1994 and through this we got both UK species fully protected under the wildlife and Countryside Act in 2008. We have made the world aware of seahorses through our social media coverage and highlighted the plight of seahorses around the world. We have perfected the use of volunteers in this type of conservation and in the life of the British Seahorse Survey we have had over 5,000 volunteers take part.

Find out more about the Seahorse Trust

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