Scientific Name
Pegasus volitans  
Pegasus volitans飛海蛾魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Linnaeus, 1758 Depth 1 - 73M
Chinese 飛海蛾魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 海蛾魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F293 Pegasidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 飛海蛾魚 
Max Length 18 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 海蛾魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan West、South、North East 
Habitats Benthos、Estuary、Coastal、Lagoon、
Holotype Locality India 
Synonyms Cataphractus anceps, La spatule, Leptopegasus natans, Parapegasus natans, Parapegasus volitans, Pégase spatule, Pegasis volitans, Pegasus natans, Pegasus pristis, Pegasus spatula, Pegasus volans   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2004);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0055521. ASIZP0061723. ASIZP0064129. ASIZP0074264. ASIZP0807646. ASIZP0917646. FRIP00798. NMMBP01072. NMMBP05342. NMMSTP00737. NTMP0038. NTUM06148. NTUM06149. NTUM06999. SIO70-274g. ZMH21010.  
Common Name Winged dragonfish; Longtail seamoth 
Redlist Status VU IUCN Redlist: Vulnerable(VU) A2d 1996-08-01   
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.