Image: Denise's Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus denise

Denise's Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus denise

A 13.7 mm SL Denise's pygmy seahorse collected by an ROV at a depth around 100 m, at the north-west corner of Holmes Reef, about 240 km east-north-east of Cairns, Queensland, 25 October 2010. The fish was in the gorgonian Villogorgia sp.

Ed Roberts
© Ed Roberts


This is the first specimen of the species found in Australian waters. It was documented in a paper by Foster, et al in 2012. The fish is now registered in the South Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection (SAMA F13806).

Foster, R., Bridge, T.C.L. & P. Bongaerts. 2012. The first record of Hippocampus denise (Syngnathidae) from Australia. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology.18(1-15): 55-57.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Denise's Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus denise, Syngnathidae, red, < 10 cm, coral reef, marine,