Hippocampus debelius Gomon & Kuiter, 2009
Softcoral seahorse
Hippocampus debelius
photo by van Beeck, D.

Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
Max. size:  2.37 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine, non-migratory
Distribution:  Red Sea: Egypt, Hurghada, Erg Camel. Apparently endemic in the Red Sea (Ref. 80667).
Diagnosis:  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).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 27 November 2014 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Busson, Frédéric - 01.04.09
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 22.04.09

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