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What attracts Seahorses to its mate?


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The foremost factor that females look for in a male is pouch size. Some species of seahorse pump up their pouches to make them appear larger, while others 'pump' their pouches to court (it is best seen and is difficult to describe; the male keeps his upper body straight and continiously bends his tail to the front of his body, forcing open his pouch so the female can see that it is empty). Seahorses, as a general rule, are attracted to larger mates, but this is more prevalent in some species than others. Seahorses sometimes go through a colour change when attempting to court a mate.