Dragon Sea Moth (Eurypegasus draconis)
Family: Pegasidae (Sea Moths)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 296 ft. Size: 2.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic invertebrates -isopods, copepods, decapods, bristle worms, shrimp
Natural History: The Dragon Sea Moth is found in pairs on sand and mud slopes. Each pair occupies a territory of over 300 square meters. Different pairs have overlapping territories. This species is sexually dimorphic, with females having a wider carapace, shorter rostrum, and shorter tails than males. These fish also periodically shed their skin to rid themselves of external parasites.
Husbandry: The Dragon Sea Moth must be housed in an aquarium nearly devoid of decoration or live rock. Its tankmates must not be aggressive competitors or it may starve to death. It is observed to actively move about the bottom of the aquarium in search of food. More than one Dragon Sea Moth can be kept per aquarium with little risk of conspecific aggressiveness. It will likely require the offering of live foods to prosper in captivity.
Reproduction: This species has been observed to reproduce in captivity in water at 81°F.
AKA: Little Dragonfish
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