I discussed the ID with Dolf and Annelies Andriga of Marine Conservation Philippines and we were thinking the snout lenght seems to be very long for a trimaculatus and (maybe because of the picture quality) or the colouring we were not able to make out the tree spots. Have you seen that colouration before?
Yes this individual does have a rather long snout. But you can distinguish H. trimaculatus by it's hooked-back cheek spines and low coronet. The three spots on H. trimaculatus are not always present, and this color pattern has been observed for this species several times. Colour patterns and skin appendages don't distinguish species in seahorses - they can be quite variable. Thanks for posting - some great photos!
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