Pygmy seahorse

Pygmy seahorse

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Credit: MATTHEW OLDFIELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) camouflaged on a sea fan coral (Muricella sp.). These seahorses have scaleless bodies and prehensile tails which they may use to hold on to their gorgonian home. The colouration and texture of this tiny seahorse has evolved to match the colour and shape of its host coral. It inhabits the tropical coral reefs of the western Pacific Ocean and reaches no more than 2.4 centimetres in length. Photographed in Pulau Kapalai, Sabah, Malaysia.

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