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.

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

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