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  World's smallest seahorse is found
Updated 12 May 2003, 15.48
The tiny seahorse is smaller than a fingernail
The tiniest seahorse in the world has been discovered in the sea.

The pygmy seahorse is only about 16 mm high - that's smaller than your fingernail!

Fact File
Seahorses
They are actually fish
There are now 33 known species
They've existed for about 40 million years
Males have the babies, not females
Scientists knew about the orange sea creature already, but they'd always assumed they were looking at the babies of a bigger type of seahorse.

Now they've realised the seahorses are actually adults and are fully grown.

The tiny creature, officially called Hippocampus denise, lives in and around coral in the western Pacific Ocean.

The seahorse is found in the Pacific Ocean
It's very good at camouflaging itself, which is why it may have been able to stay so small for so long, scientists reckon.

At risk

But the fragile creatures may well be at risk from divers and heavy trawling gear that can flatten their coral homes, they said.

Because they're so tiny, divers could hurt them by mistake.

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