Species Overview

Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse (H. denise)

Essential Facts

Indonesia; Malaysia; Federated States of Micronesia; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Solomon Islands; Vanuatu
Typically found at 13 to 90 metre depths in gorgonian seafans.
Maximum adult height of 2.14 cm.
Major threats to the species are currently unknown, however their small size and attractive colouration makes it possible they could be collected for the aquaria trade.
Data Deficient (DD)
Pregnant males have been found in February, May, and October, suggesting a year-round breeding season.

Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse (H. denise)

Hippocampus denise. Photo by Jan Azier/ Guylian Seahorses of the World 2010

The pygmy seahorse is one of the most well camouflaged species in the oceans, being very difficult to spot amongst the gorgonian coral it lives in.