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Hippocampus bargibanti is a pygmy seahorse usually less than 2 cm, found exclusively on fan corals. It was the first species of pygmy seahorse to be discovered, in 1969 when a scientist was collecting specimens of Muricella spp gorgonians
There are two known color variations. Pale grey or purple with pink or red tubercles and yellow with orange tubercles. The yellow with orange tubercles found on gorgonian coral Muricella paraplectana, and the grey found on gorgonian coral Muricella plectana.
Found often in current areas in depths over 20 m. Extremely camuflaged and always tends to move away from uw-photographers.
Found over a large area from southern Japan, throughout the Philippines, Indonesia, east to Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Only in tropical waters.
Because of their size and natural habitat in Muricella gorgonians they are one of the most commonly observed species of pygmy seahorses by SCUBA divers. Usually they live to deep for snorkelers.
Great care must be taken when viewing and photographing any marine life but these small seahorses are particularly susceptible to damage from poor techniques. Please do not touch the seahorses nor their gorgonian. They will always turn away from flash and bright lights and do not use any force to get them in the "right" place for a nice shot.
Pictures on Tropicalfavourites from Malaysia and Indonesia. Pictures of the 3 species in one frame from the island of Menjangan, Bali, found in 7 m depth.
Thanks to the guide Medan at http://www.spicebeachclubbali.com/