SEA LIFE PHOTOS: Five New Pygmy Seahorse Species Found

SEA LIFE PHOTOS: Five New Pygmy Seahorse Species Found
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Pontoh's pygmy seahorse, named after Indonesian dive guide Hence Pontoh, is one of many tiny specimens described in a December 2008 study.

Pygmy seahorses are high on the "wish lists" of many divers, who want to spot one for themselves, co-author Lourie remarked by email.

"There is a lot of local pride surrounding these and other pygmy seahorses in Indonesia, where they were discovered," Lourie said.

Their presence creates strong incentives to conserve the threatened coral reefs on which seahorses depend, she added.

--Helen Scales

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