Hippocampus bargibanti by MattTworkowski

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The pygmy seahorse, also known as Bargibanti’s seahorse, (Hippocampus bargibanti) is a seahorse of the family Syngnathidae found in the western central Pacific Ocean. It is tiny, usually less than 2 centimetres in size and lives exclusively on fan corals.
There are two known colour variations: grey with red tubercles, and yellow with orange tubercles. Because of its camouflage, the species wasn’t discovered until its host gorgonian was being examined in a laboratory. Scientists believe other, similar, species remain to be found.


  • Erik Schlogl
    Erik Schloglover 2 years ago

    Perfect lighting on this one – another excellent shot, Matt!

  • Leanne Robson
    Leanne Robsonover 2 years ago

    I should call you “Hawk Eye”. What a great find. An unusual looking creature

  • I had a very good dive guide :-)

    – MattTworkowski

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesalmost 2 years ago

    wonderful capture, matt, and most interesting descriptor!

  • Thanks V

    – MattTworkowski

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakalmost 2 years ago

    A wonderful capture of a very cool creature. Congratulations on your feature!

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