New pygmy pipehorse seen for 1st time at Wakatobi!
A small little pygmy pipehorse, was seen for the first time
back in September by one of our dive guides on the house reef.
Since that initial sighting Deni and Yan each spotted two different
individuals at Teluk Maya. The "critters" appear to be the same
species that was first discovered in Lembeh Strait and was written
about in the February issue of Asian Diver Magazine. Besides
the discover in Lembeh and now Wakatobi, the little pipehorse
has not be seen anywhere else in the world.
The little pygmy pipehorses
are about 3cm long and have been seen in Halimeda algae. They
are agile swimmers and hold their small body similar to the larger
sea dragons seen in Australian Waters. They have long brown hair-like
growth on the head, above the abdomen and near the ring of the
tail. There are also bristle and feather-like appendages deocrating
the head. Eggs are carried under the tail. Small fins are found
near the tail.
Underwater photographer and writer Rudie Kuiter has noted that
because the fins are found on the tail instead of the back, the
pygmy pipehorse may be more closely related to the rare bony pipefish
than a seahorse. Now the pygmy pipehorse has been confirmed a
newly discovered species, and represents a new Genus in the Syngnathidae
family Kyonemichthys rumengani.