A small little pygmy pipedragon, "horse", was seen for the first time back in September by one of our dive guides on the house reef. Since that initial sighting Deni and Yan each spotted two different individuals at Teluk Maya. The "critters" appear to be the same species that was first discovered in Lembeh Strait and was written about in the February issue of Asian Diver Magazine. Besides the discover in Lembeh and now Wakatobi, the little pipedragon has not be seen anywhere else in the world.
The little pipedragons are about 3cm long and have been seen in Halimeda algae. They are agile swimmers and hold their small body similar to the larger sea dragons seen in Australian Waters. They have long brown hair-like growth on the head, above the abdomen and near the ring of the tail. There are also bristle and feather-like appendages deocrating the head. Eggs are carried under the tail. Small fins are found near the tail.
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