Hippocampus histrix
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Often found with its tail wrapped around sponges or algal outgrowths. Mostly solitary but can be occasionally seen in small groups. It is easily recognised from other sea horse species by its spiky body and long snout. Its colour can range from white, yellow, and green, orange to red.
Frequency of sightings:
Best time of year:
All year round
size up to 15cm, 10-35m depth
Divesites seen at:
Air Bajo, Air Prang, Air Prang 2, Air Prang 3, Aw Shucks, Batu Sandar, Critter Hunt, Goby A Crab, Jahir, Jahir 2, Lembeh Resort House Reef, Magic Crack, Magic Rock, Makawide, Makawide 2, Makawide 3, Nudi Falls, Nudi Retreat, Pantai Kecil, Pantai Parigi, Pintu Colada, Police Pier, Police Pier 2, Pulau Abadi, Retak Larry (Larrys Crack), ROJOS, Serena West, Slow Poke, Tanjung Kubur, Tanjung kusu-kusu, Tanjung Tebal, TK 1, TK2, TK3
Taxonomical order of this critter:
Reef & Sea Grass
Buttom Dweller
- Bargibanti pygmy seahorse
- Common seahorse
- Denise pygmy seahorse
- Pontohi pygmy seahorse
- Thorny seahorse
- Three-spot seahorse

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