Satomi's pygmy seahorse
|Satomi's pygmy seahorse|
|The holotype of Hippocampus satomiae|
Lourie & Kuiter, 2008
Satomi's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus satomiae) is the smallest known seahorse in the world with an average length of 13.8 millimetres (0.54 in) and an approximate height of 11.5 millimetres (0.45 in).
This member of the Syngnathidae family is found at the Derawan Islands off Kalimantan. This species name, H. satomiae, is in honour of Satomi Onishi, the dive guide who collected the type specimens.
Hippocampus satomiae was selected as one of "The Top 10 New Species" described in 2009 by The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2009). "Hippocampus satomiae" in FishBase. May 2009 version.
- Lourie, Sara A.; and Rudie H. Kuiter (2008). "Three new pygmy seahorse species from Indonesia (Teleostei: Syngnathidae: Hippocampus)". Zootaxa 1963: 54–68.
- Connor, Steve (2009-05-23). "A seahorse the size of a pea". The Independent (London: Independent News and Media). Retrieved 2009-05-27.
- Hughes, Carol (2009-05-22). "Scientists announce top 10 new species". ASU News. Arizona State University. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
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