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Pygmy seahorse

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Pygmy seahorse

Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) camouflaged on a sea fan coral (Muricella sp.). The colouration and texture of this tiny seahorse have evolved to match the colour and shape of its host coral. It inhabits the tropical coral reefs of the western Pacific Ocean and reaches no more than 2.4 centimetres in length. Photographed off Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Camouflage Camouflaged Coral Cryptic Colouration Gorgonian Hiding Indonesia Mimic Mimicry Pygmy Seahorse Sea Fan Sea Horse Sulawesi Hippocampus Bargibanti

This print showcases the incredible camouflage abilities of the Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) as it perfectly blends into a sea fan coral (Muricella sp. ). The intricate details and colors of this tiny seahorse have evolved to match its host coral, making it almost indistinguishable from its surroundings. Measuring no more than 2.4 centimeters in length, this remarkable creature can be found inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the western Pacific Ocean. Photographed off Sulawesi, Indonesia, this image captures the beauty and complexity of nature's mimicry. The Pygmy seahorse's cryptic coloration allows it to hide among the vibrant hues and textures of its gorgonian home. Its ability to mimic both the color and shape of its environment is a testament to its biological adaptation for survival. Underwater photography like this not only highlights the stunning diversity found beneath our oceans but also provides valuable insights into zoology and marine biology. This photograph serves as a reminder that even within seemingly ordinary ecosystems lies an extraordinary world waiting to be explored. The Science Photo Library has once again captured a mesmerizing moment in nature with their skillful lens. This print invites us to marvel at one of nature's most fascinating examples of camouflage while igniting our curiosity about these enchanting creatures that call our oceans home.

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