Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
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
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)
Morphology | Morphometrics
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).
Red Sea: Egypt, Hurghada, Erg Camel. Apparently endemic in the Red Sea (Ref. 80667).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch (Ref. 205).
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. (Ref. 80667)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00417 (0.00160 - 0.01085), b=3.00 (2.78 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
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) .