Hippocampus debelius  Gomon & Kuiter, 2009

Softcoral seahorse
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Syngnathiformes (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses) > Hippocampinae
Etymology: Hippocampus: Greek, ippos = horse + Greek,kampe = curvature (Ref. 45335);  debelius: Named for Helmut Debelius in recognition of the effort he made in obtaining the type specimen.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated, usually 15 - 30 m (Ref. 80667).   Tropical; 28°N - 27°N, 33°E - 34°E

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 80667)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 14; Anal soft rays: 4. Very small (height 19.2mm, SL 23.7mm); 10 trunk rings; 28 tail rings; inferior and ventral trunk ridges well ossified; 14 dorsal fin rays; 10-11 pectoral fin rays; 4 anal fin rays; brooding area in males posterior to anal fin; medium length snout with a bulbous tip; low, angular coronet; gill opening separate, midway between pectoral fin base and dorsal midline; prominent, long and slender spines on head, trunk and tail; filaments or cirrhi absent; white background, mostly obscured by numerous close-set, brown lengthwise stripes or striations, tips of many of the spines dark brown to black, anterior trunk spines also with dark band centrally (Ref. 80667).

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Red Sea: Egypt, Hurghada, Erg Camel. Apparently endemic in the Red Sea (Ref. 80667).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Gommon, M.F. and R.H. Kuiter, 2009. Two new pygmy seahorses (Teleostei: Syngnathidae: Hippocampus) from the Indo-West Pacific. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 15(1):37-44.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .