29 January 2013

Pigmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
Moalboal (SW Cebu), Filipinas

This species was described not very long ago, in 1970. The Pigmy Seahorse is a poorly known fish that is in fact hard to spot because of its small size (this specimen measured about 15 mm) and its incredible camouflage, usually quite similar to the gorgonian it inhabits. Amongst the various specimens I did see, this was the only one with an orangish colouration, different from the typical pink pustulous striped body for this species.

Nikon D80 + Nikon 60mm f2.8 + 2 x Inon z-240 + Patima housing
iso 100, 1/200, f16