Also known as Bargibant's Seahorse, Gorgonian Seahorse, Miniature Seahorses.
Found singly, pairs or groups anchored by their tails and blending in matching the colour, shape and polyps of their host gorgonian corals of the genus Muricella over estuaries and seaward reefs.
They feed by sucking zooplankton into their mouths.
Length - 2cm
Depth - 16-40m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific
Their home is the Gorgonian Sea Fans
Pipefishes and Seahorses are unique in that the male gives birth! The female deposits their eggs after fertilisation into the males pouch to incubate the eggs for one month before giving birth.
They attach to anything they can get their tail around, even each other usually close to the bottom to blend in with their surroundings.
Seahorses are a threatened species because it is sought after for Chinese medicine. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/53790