SEA LIFE PHOTOS: Five New Pygmy Seahorse Species Found

SEA LIFE PHOTOS: Five New Pygmy Seahorse Species Found
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Severns's pygmy seahorse, named after diver Mike Severns, is one of three new species named in a December 2008 study.

Study co-author Sara Lourie from McGill University in Canada credited local dive guides and photographers without whom the seahorses would have remained a mystery.

All the new seahorses were officially recognized after divers had shared photographs of their discoveries with scientists, Lourie explained by email.

"It's a truly collaborative process," she added.

--Helen Scales

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