UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego created a unique aquarium containing Phyllopteryx taeniolatus sea dragons – rare fish related to seahorses.
In the wild, they are found only near coral reefs in the southwestern waters of Australia.
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Phyllopteryx taeniolatus has a flat body with a small head and a thin long stigma.
The main body color varies from yellowish to pink, with small splashes, and rows of wide lilac stripes pass through the chest. Under natural conditions, the size of the fish can reach 60 cm, while in the aquarium it rarely grows more than 30 cm.
In the five-meter aquarium at the university there are 11 dragons and three more sea rag- horses ( Phycodurus eques ).
Scientists are trying to recreate an environment as close to natural as possible so that rare fish can continue their genus, but this is not an easy task: very little is known about the life of these representatives of the family.
In the entire history of keeping these fish in captivity, offspring was first obtained in 2001 (the Pacific Aquarium in Long Beach became a pioneer), and then there were only a few similar examples around the world.
The San Diego Science Center is one of the most successful places where sea dragons are born. In February , another replenishment took place.
Meanwhile, the sea rag-horse in captivity has not multiplied anywhere, and biologists are looking for ways to rectify this situation.
These and other types of seahorses catastrophically quickly disappear from the face of the Earth: the threat is warming and water pollution, as well as smuggling – in traditional Asian medicine they are credited with special healing properties.
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