Very special thanks for the first photo of Hippocampus montebelloensis to Tony Ayling. This is probably the first Monte Bello Seahorse photographed alive.
The whitish seahorse with black zebra-like bands and stripes on the body, and yellow tips on the spines is clinging to a crinoid (featherstar.
Tony has taken his photo in 2011 at Port Hedland, Western Australia, on an open sand bottom at about 15 metrs depth. He went back to the habitat where his pictures were taken 12 months later and did extensive searches for this seahorse but did not find any trace of them!