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John May is a generalist. A lifelong free-lance author, editor, producer and writer, he has worked on 15 books and written for many major newspapers and magazines. He is a published poet, a semi-professional musician and songwriter, a part-time painter and a dedicated photographer.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


The smallest seahorse so far discovered was identified amongst the delicate corals of the Flores Sea off the coast of Indonesia in 2003 by Sara Lourie, a member of the UBC-based Project Seahorse marine conservation team and a doctoral student at McGill University in Montreal. Adults of the new species, a pygmy seahorse to be known as Hippocampus denise, are typically just 16 mm long -- smaller than most fingernails.

In the past they have been mistaken for the offspring of another of the 32 known species of seahorses.

(Above): Close up of Sara Lourie's hands holding a test tube containing Hippocampus denise. Photo: Joerg Adam. (Right): Hippocampus denise with its tail entwined around the stem of a gorgonian seafan, its natural habitat. Photo: Denise Tackett

'A New Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus denise (Teleostei: Syngnathidae),
from the Indo-Pacific', Sara A. Lourie and John E. Randall Zoological Studies 42(2): 284-291.


Blogger "van Vliet" Art Blog said...

Definately the tinnest sea- horse I have seen. Nice first post. I would like to see some of your painting. Will you show some work at this site?

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