bargibant's seahorse

Scientific name Hippocampus bargibanti
Descriptor Whitley
Year of description 1970
IUCN category DD
Family Syngnathidae
Genus Hippocampus
Hippocampus bargibanti Hippocampus bargibanti


Hippocampus bargibanti, commonly known as bargibant's seahorse, is a little salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    1 cm
  • Maximum size
    2 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
    circle pattern
  • Average size
    1 cm
  • Maximum size
    2 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
    circle pattern

How to recognize the bargibant's seahorse ?

The bargibant's seahorse measures between 1 and 2 cm. Given its small size, this species is commonly referred to as a "dwarf" animal. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly rose and blanc body. The also has rose circle pattern.

Sexual dimorphism

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The bargibant's seahorse is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found in the vegetation. This species is carnivorous . Measuring only a few centimeters, this small species tends to be discreet and hide in the presence of larger neighbors.

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction

The bargibant's seahorse is a fish ovovivipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    16 - 40 m
  • Flow
    Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

The bargibant's seahorse is most often found at a depth between 16m and 40m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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