Tiniest Seahorse Found in Indonesia

At a mere 14mm in length (actual height 11mm) , Hippocampus Satomiae is the smallest seahorse ever found.  Better known as Satomi’s pygmy seahorse, it was named in a study in December 2008 after Satomi Onishi, a Japanese dive guide.  The reason it’s taken so long to discover it is due to its size, camoflage and the fact that it’s nocturnal. It hides during the day and gathers in groups of 5 or 6 on sea fans at night.

It was discovered at Derawan Island off the coast of Kalimantan, but has since been found as far away as North Sulawesi.  I guess people have known where to look since the discovery was published.  Imagine how many more tiny wonders are out there waiting to be discovered.

When they’re born, they’re jet-black, the same shape as their parents, but only 3mm long.

Here’s another pic, 4 or 5 have gathered together on a sea fan:


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