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Sea Moths

 Pegasus volitans (Longtail Sea Moth)

Pegasus volitans
Linnaeus, 1758

Longtail Sea Moth

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable


These fishes belong in the Order Gasterosteiformes and Suborder Syngnathoidei as members of the Family Pegasidae (Sea Moths) consisting of 2 genera, and 5 species.

This family only consists of five species, and of those five only a few are worth mentioning as they are rarely ever seen in the trade, and besides they are extremely difficult to maintain in captivity. For in-depth information concerning these fishes, checkout Reef Fishes Volume 1 by Scott Michael (ISBN #1-890087-21-1). You can see a review of this exquisite book by visiting my Product & Book Reviews page.

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