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  1. There have been a few posts about a new tiny pipehorse that has been seen at Wakatobi and Lembeh (both in Sulawesi, Indonesia). I thought people might be interested to put a name to the face! It has recently been named Kyonemichthys rumengani and is indeed a pipehorse not a pipefish or seahorse and has been placed in an entirely new genus. It is the smallest syngnathid (group containing seahorses and pipefish) by weight, despite being longer than the pygmy seahorses. I have seen these amazing fish at Wakatobi where there are quite a few being found now. They really are tiny but fascinating to watch as they almost drift around grabbing onto miniscule tufts of algae or hydroid. Richard Previous posts: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=21123 http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=21301 further images of Kyonemichthys rumengani on my webiste: www.OceanRealmImages.com/gallery
  2. I thought people might be interested in seeing this new pipehorse-like syngnathid from Wakatobi, Indonesia. This one was found yesterday by the dive guide Yann living on some Halimeda algae at 5m depth. We decided to call it a Pygmy pipedragon since it appears to be a pipehorse and it has an amazing swimming style very similar to that of the large southern Australian Seadragons. It reached about 3cm in length but is very slender. The red filaments on the back and head are very similar to those seen on the Coleman and Pontohi Pygmy seahorses so probably help in camouflaging the tiny fish among algae and hydroids. The long, erect spine on the back has been noted in the few invividuals seen on local reefs. I gather this species was seen in Lembeh earlier in the year but great to have extended the range of this amazing little critter. I have more images in the Wakatobi section of my website www.OceanRealmImages.com/gallery Hope you enjoy it as much as we have! Richard
  3. I saw another species, Inimicus sinensis, in a book that I thought it might be. I definitely don't think it is I. didactylus due to the size plus the head shape doesn't seem right for I. caledonicus, I wasn't sure if there were many other obscure species people might know about. I have attached another shot I took of the head which shows it to be quite flat between the eyes and mouth whereas I. caledonicus seems to have raised nostrils. I think the most useful feature for ID would have been the colour of the inner surface of the pectoral fin but it didn't open them out.
  4. Hi there, I saw this huge Inimicus species during a night dive in Lembeh straits at about 20m. I have never seen one like this and was clearly different from the common Inimicus didactylus in size (over 30cm long), the filamentous processes around the mouth and general shape of the head. I wonder if anyone has any idea what it might be. Thanks Richard
  5. I just updated my website with new shots, reviews and info. Let me know how you like it. www.oceanrealmimages.com Ocean Realm Images - Richard Smith
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