New Pygmy Seahorse Species Discovered, First of Its Kind

Photo by Richard Smith

Researchers recently discovered a brand new species of pygmy seahorse off the coast of South Africa.

The new species, the Sodwana Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus nalu) is the first pygmy seahorse from the Indian Ocean and the continent of Africa known to science.

Researchers had been studying in the remote northeastern corner of South Africa in search of a possible new species when they discovered the seahorse.

Juvenile Hippocumpus nalu. Photo: Richard Smith –

The discovery is incredibly rare. “It’s like finding a kangaroo in Norway,” marine biologist Richard Smith told National Geographic.

The team documented their discovery in the video below:

Click here to learn about another tiny seahorse, the Japanese pygmy seahorse, also known as the “Japan pig,” that was also recently discovered.

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