Pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti

Marija Nabernik

Hippocampus bargibanti is a fish belonging to Syngnathidae family, from Syngnathiforms order. Normally, it measures less than 2 cm and have an enormous mimetic capacity in its habitat: the gorgonians from Muricella genus. Its body is covered by tubercles which imitate gorgonians polyps, and because of its camouflage efficacy, this species was not discovered until gorgonians where tehy lived were examinated in the lab. The hosts in the Muricella plectana species are pale grey-coloured or red, with pink or red tubercles, and those who inhabit in Muricella paraplectana species are yellow with orange tubercles.

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