Featured Observation: Bargibant's pygmy seahorse by Heng Pei Yan

June’s featured observation comes from Lembeh Strait, Indonesia, where Heng Pei Yan spotted this ethereal-looking Bargibant’s pygmy seahorse (H. bargibanti) on a seafan at a depth of about 22 metres.

Making its home among gorgonian corals as shallow as 16 metres and as deep as 40, H. bargibanti is found in southeast Asia, sometimes in colonies of five, ten, or even fifteen animals.

So if you spot one of these little seahorses (they grow only to about 2 cm) in the wild, be sure to keep looking. You might spot many more!

Very little is known about the threats to H. bargibanti. The species is listed as 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Thanks to Heng Pei Yan for posting!

Posted on June 26, 2015 07:06 PM by projectseahorse projectseahorse


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