Eurypegasus draconis   Linnaeus  1766 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 10 cm TL

Color in life variable, body usually light to dark brown, with dorsal and lateral area darker than ventral surface. Pectoral fins hyaline, distal margin white and spotted. Pelvic fin spine and 1st ray forming an elongate, tentacular structure. 3 pairs of dorsolateral body plates; 4 pairs of ventrolateral body plates; tail rings 8 (rarely 9), mobile. A pair of deep pits posterior to orbit. Suborbital shelf concave, eye visible in ventral view. Ventral ridges of rostrum greatly expanded than dorsal ridges, each with laterally directed denticles. Anal papilla absent.

Fertilization external, Oviparous

Synonym (s)
Cataphractus draco Gronow, 1854
Pegassus draco Shaw, 1804
Pegasus draco Shaw, 1804
Pegasus draconis Linnaeus, 1766
Pegasus latirostris Richardson, 1846
Pegasus pauciradiatus Ogilby, 1886
Pegasus umitengu (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)
Surypegasus draconis (Linnaeus, 1766)
Zalises draconis (Linnaeus, 1766)
Zalises umitengu Jordan & Snyder, 1901

Common Name (s)
• Short Dragonfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Epifaunal and interstitial invertebrate prey, e.g. crustaceans and worms


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
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  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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