A Seahorse The Size Of A Paperclip

Bargibant's pygmy seahorses were first discovered in 1969 by George Bargibant. He wasn't looking for seahorses, but noticed them on a specimen of sea fan coral he was collecting for a museum. The seahorses spend their entire adult lives on the same piece of sea fan coral, which matches the calcified tubercles on their tiny bodies.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Bargibant's pygmy seahorses are smaller than a paperclip. 00:09

  2. Pygmy seahorse mates perform daily courtship dances. 01:18

  3. Pygmy seahorses with orange parents will grow up to be purple if the coral around them is purple. 01:40

Written by Curiosity Staff July 8, 2015