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Pegasus volitans 飛海蛾魚

Scientific Name:     Pegasus volitans        
Nomenclater:    Linnaeus, 1758
Family:    F293  Pegasidae
Holotype-Locality:    India
Habitats:    Benthos、Estuary、Coastal、Lagoon      
Economic Fish:     No
Habitats Depth:    1 - 73 M      
Aquarium Fish:     No
Poisonous Fish:    No      
Edible Fish:     No
Synonyms:    Cataphractus anceps, La spatule, Le p嶲ase spatule, Leptopegasus natans, Parapegasus natans, Parapegasus volitans, Pegasus natans, Pegasus pristis, Pegasus spatula, Pegasus volans  
Reference:    Shen, S. C. , S. C. Lee, K. T. Shao, H. C. Mao, C. H. Chen, C. C. Chen, C. S. Tzeng. 1993. Fishes of Taiwan. Dept. Zool., Nat. Taiwan Univ., Taipei. xx + 960 pp., pls. 310. (in Chinese) Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2004. FishBase. World Wide Web ele  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 Nakabo T. 2002 
Redlist Status:    IUCN Redlist: Vulnerable(VU)  
Common Name in Engulish:    Winged dragonfish; Longtail seamoth
Chinese Name transliteration:    fei hai e yu
Distribution in Taiwan:    West、South、North East  
Distribution in World:    India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean
Max Lenth:     18 cm
Specimen List:     ASIZP0055521. ASIZP0061723. ASIZP0064129. FRIP00798. NMMBP01072. NMMBP05342. NMMSTP00737. NTMP0038. NTUM06148. NTUM06149. NTUM06999. SIO70-274g. ZMH21010.         
Characteristic:    Body depressed, completely encased in fused dermal plates: 4 pairs of dorsolateral body plates; 5 pairs of ventrolateral body plates; tail rings 12, anteriormost 9 mobile, last 3 fused; a lateral pair of posteriorly directed spines on terminal tail rings. Tubercles absent on surface of carapace; no scales on orbit; suborbital shelf convex obscuring eye from ventral view; deep pits absent. Spinous dorsal fin absent; soft dorsal and anal fins each with 5 rays, placed posteriorly on body; pectoral fins large, wing-like, inserted horizontally, composed of 9 to 12 unbranched soft rays; pectoral-fin rays interconnected by broad, transparent membranes; pelvic fin spine and 1st ray forming an elongate, tentacular structure. Body light brown or olive to dark brown-black dorsally and laterally, lighter ventrally.  
Habitats:    A rare species, collected from muddy and sandy bottoms of estuaries and bays. Known to 'walk' over the bottom using its tentacular pelvic fins. Juveniles expatriate to tropical regions; adults mainly found in muddy estuaries where they pair. Sometimes the
Distribution:    Distributed in the Indo-West Pacific from Delagoa Bay, Mozambique to Saudi Arabia (Persian Gulf) and throughout Gulf of Manaar to Bay of Bengal; along the east coast of Myanmar; north to Japan, south to tropical Australia and Papua New Guinea. It is foun
Utility:    No commercial value. 



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