All about tiger tail Seahorse
Scientific name :
Habitat of the Tigertail Seahorse
You can find Tiger tail seahorses in the waters of Western Central Pacific : West Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
Adults prefer to live in pairs on coral reef, sponge and kelp between 10 and 30 meters, but the juveniles will often cling to a type of seaweed called Saragassum.
Seahorses in general are more active at night.
- They have no stomach or teeth and feed through suction.
- Still their sneaky hunting technics give them a 90% kill rate.
- They are the only fish with a neck and a prehensile tail they can use to grab onto anything
- They are master of disguise and can change the shape and color of their skin to blend in their environment.
Tigertail seahorses are monogamous!
The male accepts eggs only from one female, and both male and female are faithful partners.
Their courtship dance can last for a week before mating.
The female deposits up to 2,000 eggs into the male’s brood pouch to be fertilised. The male protects and nourishes the young in his pouch for 1 to 4 weeks. When the babies are born they are left to fend for themselves.
- The tiger tail seahorse is in high demand as medicine and street food in China as well as the aquarium trade. Although CITES has controlled their import and export since 2014, 20 million seahorses a year are fished and sold to the Chinese market.
- Thailand is the world’s largest exporters of seahorses, which is very sad to hear. There is a silver lining however as this is a good indication of the large number of seahorses in the area.
- Habitat damage : The coral reefs have been experiencing bleaching phases due to climate change, and are frequently destroyed by dynamite fishing.
How to identify the tigertail from the other seahorses?
Thailand is home to seven of the 14 seahorse species found in Southeast Asia.
photography lovers, who are looking for rare species and experience, the region is sure to deliver an unforgettable experience.
Sighting of Tiger tails seahorses are a sure things here if you go with the right guides!
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We have been in contact recently with Seahorse project and iSeahorse and will start uploading our regular sightings in their worldwide database.
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