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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Syngnathoides biaculeatus
      Max. size: 29.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to South Africa, east to Samoa, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales; throughout Micronesia except the northern Marshall Islands Southeast Atlantic: Knysna, South Africa.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 38-48; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 4. Variable green to brown or grey, depending on habitat.
      Biology: Occurs in protected coastal shallows over or among algae, seagrasses, or floating weeds. Juveniles occasionally found near the surface.
      Aquarium Care: Just like their seahorse relatives, alligator pipefish gulp down zooplankton or tiny animals and phytoplankton or tiny plants with their straw-like suction-powered mouths. Must be feed constant through the day.
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