Imperial shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) on a Spanish Dancer (Hexabranchus sangu

I spent two months at Wakatobi Dive Resort from October 2007 when I conducted the first stage of my PhD fieldwork on the Biology and Conservation of gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses (i.e Bargibant's (Hippocampus bargibanti) and Denise's (H. denise) species that live exclusively on the surface of gorgonian corals).  I spent the time surveying the reefs to estimate population sizes as well as conducting extensive behavioural observations on the social interactions of these tiny fish.  I was lucky enough to witness them giving birth, mating and even settling dommestic disputes!  Following these observations I published the first ever data on the birth of Denise's pygmy seahorses in the wild.

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