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Richard Attends a Seahorse Biology Conference

Something that I've been looking forward to for almost a year now is the SyngBio conference.  Last week I was at the University of Tampa on the west coast of Florida to attend the meeting, which was the third of its kind.  Researchers, zoo aquarists and other professionals from around the world, who work with syngnathids (Seahorses, pipefishes and their relatives), formed the 100 plus attendees.

Bird's Head Seascape - Natural History Notes (PT4)

BIRD'S HEAD NATURAL HISTORY NOTES (Part 4): The Pygmy Seahorses of Raja Ampat

By Dr Richard Smith | Originally written for BirdsHeadSeascape.com Science & Conservation Blog

NEW EXPEDITION | SPECIAL PYGMY SEAHORSE CRUISE ABOARD ARENUI | RAJA AMPAT | 5-16th FEBRUARY 2016

I will be joining the boutique liveaboard Arenui in February 2016 (5-16th February) for a special pygmy seahorse cruise that will take in the best of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.  This is one of my favourite areas to dive and certainly one of the very best places in the world to see pygmy seahorses.  I have seen five of the seven described species here; Bargibant's, Denise's, Pontohi's, Satomi's and Severn's.  I will be giving marine life talks, which will include my work on pygmies for my PhD research.  For more information about this trip, please download the flyer attachment below or

The Japanese Pygmy Seahorse - Hippocampus sp.

The Japanese pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus sp, (known locally as 日本のピグミータツノオトシゴ or Japapigu) is an, as yet, undescribed species of true pygmy seahorse found, as the name suggests, in Japan.  They appear to be closely related to Coleman's, Pontoh's and Severn's species, and like these other species, are not found living in close association with a specific host such as a gorgonian or soft coral. 

INDO-PACIFIC FISH CONFERENCE 2013, OKINAWA, JAPAN

I have just arrived in Okinawa, Japan for the 9th quadrennial Indo-Pacific Fish Conference.  I presented at the last meeting four years ago in Freemantle with my talk 'First field studies of the obligate gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses, Hippocampus bargibanti and H. denise'.  This time round I decided to do a poster presentation for a change, on another aspect of my PhD research.

Australian Geographic Feature Gallery

Recently, I was very pleased to have a feature gallery with Australian Geographic.

This iconic publication published a gallery of my images of pygmy seahorses, including mating, fighting and giving birth, along with an short article I wrote.

You can FOLLOW THIS LINK to the gallery or read the article below:

Marine Conservation Society Magazine – Cover Image and Feature Article

I'm excited to have the cover image and a feature article in the spring issue of Marine Conservation Society's magazine.  MCS is a UK based charity that does great work throughout the British Isles, protecting our amazing marine life. 

72 & Rising Magazine – Cover and Feature Article

I am pleased to announce that this issue (Volume 2: Issue 1) I have the cover image and a feature article 'The Sex Life of Seahorses' in 72 & Rising Magazine, which is a magazine focusing on marine and freshwater environments and their conservation. 

Check out the article here:

The Sex Life of Seahorses by Richard Smith (© Richard Smith 2012)

Alert Diver Magazine Winter 2012 - Parting Shot

I am extremely pleased to announce that my image of mating Denise’s pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus denise) taken at Wakatobi Dive Resort is the ‘Parting Shot’ in the new issue (Winter 2012) of Alert Diver magazine (see attachment below).

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