Reef Life Survey

Hippocampus bargibanti

Syngnathidae
Bargibants Seahorse, Bargibant's Seahorse, Gorgonian Seahorse, Pygmy Seahorse
Hippocampus bargibanti, Bali, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Hippocampus bargibanti, Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Hippocampus bargibanti, Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Hippocampus bargibanti, Bali, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Hippocampus bargibanti, Bali, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw

Hippocampus bargibanti, Bali, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Hippocampus bargibanti, Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Hippocampus bargibanti, Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Hippocampus bargibanti, Bali, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw
Hippocampus bargibanti, Bali, Indonesia.  Photo: Ian Shaw

Distribution
Tropical Indo-Pacific
Description
Warty protuberances on head and body. Colour dependent on host gorgonian colour, mostly pink or yellow. Solitary or in loose groups, on Muricella gorgonians, usually deeper than 20 m. Only attains about 3cm. Similar H. denise is leaner with less lumpy body markings, and has apparently been recorded in Australia.
Information
  • Max Size: 5 cm
  • Depth: 16-40m
  • Habitat: Coral Reef
Rarity
  • Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
  • IUCN Threat Status: Data Deficient
  • Occurrence: Infrequent (3% of sites)
    Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
  • Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
    Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: Joe Shields
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