Denise's pygmy seahorse

Posted by thalassaphilia on 6/17/2018

Observation details

When did you see it? Species guess Current ID
2018-06-12 Denise's Pygmy Seahorse Denise's pygmy seahorse
Hippocampus denise


rfoster commented
I'm having trouble making this out but what I do see looks more like a tuberculate specimen of Hippocampus denise. The species of host coral would support this, too, I think.
thalassaphilia commented
You may likely be right. It's hard to see, and I just chose the first entry for "Pygmy seahorse" that came up...
thalassaphilia commented
On further reflection, I *think* my initial ID seems a bit more likely, given the location (Philippines), host coral (Muricella sp?), and color of the seahorse. Though I am far from an expert.
rfoster commented
Is that Muricella? I don't know corals. Colour of the seahorse matches denise much better, I think - it's a vary variable species whereas bargibanti is generally more uniform; a whitish grey background colour with contrasting red, pink or, occasionally, yellow tubercles. This one looks fairly uniformly coloured flesh pink - a common colour pattern for denise. I don't think the locality is a problem - the Philippines fall within its large distribution. There are lots of pics on the web of very tubercular specimens of denise misidentified as bargibanti.
thalassaphilia commented
I’m not 100% sure, so I’m happy to defer to your ID. The fish itself is very difficult to make out in this image.
rfoster suggested an ID
Yes, no good view of the head, which would help a lot, but I'm pretty certain of this ID
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