Pygmy Seahorses

Exploring the minature world of the pygmy seahorse.

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Photo Courtesy of Connie D

Photo Courtesy of Connie D

This slight seahorse was a chance discovery, when Neville Coleman was force to dive inside Lord Howe Island lagoon because waters outside the lagoon were too rough. Described in 2003, still not much is known about Hippocampus colemani.

Habitat

Sea grasses in protected lagoons. Found mainly among Zostera and Halophila. Depth of Up to 5mm.

Range

Only confirmed distribution from Lord Howe Island. Suspected distribution off of the New South Wales coast.

Description

22mm, white, yellow or gold with red rimmed white spots. Males and females very rotund in appearance. Extremely small snout, well defined nose spine.

Life Cycle

Unknown.

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