Very special thanks for the first photos of the newly described Japanese pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus japapigu) to Dr. Richard Smith, United Kingdom.
The Japanese pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus japapigu, was found in rocky reefs of Japan in a depth range of 8 - 15 meters.The body colouration is brown, beige, to pink and whitish with a reticulate pattern of white lattice over the body, which often has a black spot within it.
In contrast to all other knows pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus japapigu does not live with gorgonian or soft coral, these little seahores prefer subtropical and temperate reefs with algal turfs and small hydroids.
Hippocampus japapigu, a new species of pygmy seahorse from Japan, with a redescription of H. pontohi (Teleostei, Syngnathidae)
Authors: Graham Short, Richard Smith, Hiroyuki Motomura, David Harasti, Healy Hamilton
ZooKeys 779: 27-49. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.779.24799