Common Seamoth

Eurypegasus draconis

Also known as the dwarf seamoth, the short dragonfish or the little dragonfish, the common seamoth is the most widely distributed seamoth species. It is found throughout the Indian Ocean and the Red


Sea, and in areas of the Pacific Ocean. It inhabits depths of up to 91 metres, and prefers open expanses of sand to coral reef. The common seamoth has a lumpy, irregularly shaped body, with an elongated snout and pectoral fins that fan out like wings. These wings are edged with luminous white-blue bands. It periodically sheds its skin, and grows up to 10 centimetres in length. The common seamoth is thought to be monogamous, spawns at dusk and feeds opportunistically on small crustaceans. Unfortunately, it is harvested for traditional Chinese medicine.

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