Pygmy Seahorse (species: Hippocampus bargibanti) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Hippocampus bargibanti
Pygmy Seahorse

©Andrew Trevor-Jones: Hippocampus bargibanti from the outer reef near Lizard Island.

©Andrew Trevor-Jones: Hippocampus bargibanti from the outer reefs near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Gasterosteiformes
Family Syngnathidae
Genus Hippocampus
Species Hippocampus bargibanti



Distinguishing features

A tiny, pink seahorse with darker pink warts that lives on sea fans of similar colour.


  • Up to 2 cm (Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • From 10 m to 40 m (Allen et al, 2003)



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Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.