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The pygmy seahorse is both tiny and well camouflaged. It is very difficult to spot amongst the sea grasses, soft corals, or gorgonians (sea fans) that it inhabits. Other distinctive pygmy seahorse characteristics include a fleshy head and body, a very short snout, and a long, prehensile tail. With their short snouts, they have the appearance of baby animals. Pygmy seahorses are 14–27 millimetres (0.55–1.06 in) long from the tip of the tail to the end of the snout, so that their vertical height while swimming is still smaller. An adult may be as small as 13 millimetres (0.51 in) long. True pygmy seahorses have distinctive morphological markers. Unlike other seahorses, they have a single gill opening on the back of the head, instead of two on the sides. Males brood their young in a pouch on their trunk. Males and females are distinguished by openings at the bottom of the trunk: females have a tiny, raised round pore for extruding eggs and males have a fore-and-aft slit for accepting them.

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The Lined Seahorse is one of the US native species that ranges from Nova Scotia, Canada and the northern Gulf of Mexico all the way down to Panama and Venezuela. It is one of the hardiest species and it will grow to a maximum length of 7.5”. ORA’s Lined Seahorses will thrive on frozen mysis and should be fed at least 2 to 3 times a day. Their diet may be supplemented by running a refugium attached to the tank.

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A tropical species of seahorse that has dramatic yellow and black rings along the tail. Tiger Tail Seahorses reach a maximum size of 6” and can be found among soft coral reefs from India to the Philippines. Our aquacultured seahorses are raised on frozen mysis shrimp, making them much easier to keep in home aquariums than their wild caught counterparts. As they are slow, methodical feeders, keep seahorses in species only tanks with limited competition for food. We recommend feeding them at least 2 to 3 times a day.

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