Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
Tanjung Lampy, Lembeh.
My first decent picture of one of the prettiest seahorse species of the planet. I had seen them already in Cabilao, Philippines but back then my camera flooded and broke just at the moment of making a pic of them. So this was a pending on my list :-)
Here a few extra facts of this tiny beauty:
The pygmy seahorses comprise several species of tiny seahorse in the syngnathid family or Syngnathidae . Family Syngnathidae is part of order Syngnathiformes, which contains fishes with fused jaws that suck food into tubular mouths. They are found in Southeast Asia around the Coral Triangle. They are some of the smallest seahorse species in the world, typically measuring less than 2 centimetres in height.
The first species discovered lives exclusively on fan corals and matches their colour.. more