Hawaiian Seamoth Fish (Eurypegasus papilio)

Also known as Dragonette, Dragonfish, Dwarf Seamoth, Hawaiian Seamoth, Little Dragonfish, Little Seamoth, Pegasus Fish, Pegasus Seamoth, Short Dragonfish, Short Seamoth

Description

Also known as Dragonette, Dragonfish, Dwarf Seamoth, Hawaiian Seamoth, Little Dragonfish, Little Seamoth, Pegasus Fish, Pegasus Seamoth, Short Dragonfish, Short Seamoth.

Found singly or in pairs "walking" with finger-like pelvic fins! over sand and silt bottoms of moderately deep bays and estuaries. These little fish are able to shed their skin in one piece with a rapid jump periodically to rid themselves of accumulated ballast.
They feed on minute benthic zooplankton.
Length - 7.6cm
Depth - 80-290m
Eastern Central Pacific - Hawaiian Islands

The Little Dragonfish can be recognised by its distinctive shape and bony armour.
They are often overlooked because they are so small and resemble pieces of shell or rubble lying on the sandy bottom.
Males have a broad blue-white pectoral fin margins which may be "flashed" when the fish is disturbed.
Found "walking" with finger-like pelvic fins! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Eurypegasus-papilio.html

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