Scientists uncover how colorful pygmy seahorses camouflage themselves

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Pygmy seahorses are fragile and tiny, they could have been included in our list of animals tiny enough to sit on your finger. On average, they tend to be between 0.55 inches and 1.06 inches (14–27 millimeters) long from nose to tail, which means as they swim curled up they seem even smaller.

Bargibants pygmy by Richard Smith at Wakatobi Dive Resort
Bargibants pygmy by Richard Smith at Wakatobi Dive Resort
Pontohs pygmy by Richard Smith at Wakatobi Dive Resort
Pontohs pygmy by Richard Smith at Wakatobi Dive Resort
Pygmy Seahorse by Bill Sarro
Pygmy Seahorse by Bill Sarro

Yet their smallness becomes an advantage when combined with their amazing ability to disguise themselves as bits of coral. They’re found on bright orange or purple corals, blending in and avoiding the notice of predators.

But how did the seahorses come to be the right color? Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences set out to answer this question:

Source: treehugger.com

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February 16, 2017 |

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