Caught in the Seine: Sargassumfish

Camouflague anyone?  The spires, spines and cirri on this little sargassumfish are hard to spot out of the water but he’s beautifully adapted to living within floating mats of Sargassum macroalgae out in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Sargasso Sea off of Florida’s coastline.  Its not terribly common to spot these beauties in the Indian River Lagoon, but near the inlets when Sargassum mats are pushed in at the right tides you can find them hitching along for the ride along with other Sargassum denizens including filefish and seahorses.