Monodactylus sebae

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Monodactylus sebae
Monodactylus sebae.jpg
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Monodactylidae
Genus: Monodactylus
Species: M. sebae
Binomial name
Monodactylus sebae
(G. Cuvier, 1829)
  • Chaetodon rhombeus Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801 (ambiguous)
  • Psettus sebae G. Cuvier, 1829
  • Psettias sebae (G. Cuvier, 1829)

Monodactylus sebae, the African moony, is a species of moonyfish native to fresh, brackish and marine waters from the eastern Atlantic, ranging from the Canary Islands down to Angola. It inhabits mangrove swamps and estuaries and can occasionally be found in lagoons. This species can reach a length of 25 centimetres (9.8 in) TL though most do not exceed 15 centimetres (5.9 in). It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[1]

In the aquarium[edit]

This species is quite widely kept in brackish and saltwater water aquaria; although it has only very rarely been bred in captivity, it is otherwise hardy and easy to care for.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Monodactylus sebae" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  • "Monodactylus sebae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 24 January 2006.