Pegasus lancifer

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Pegasus lancifer
Pegasus lancifer in vivo.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Syngnathiformes
Family: Pegasidae
Genus: Pegasus
P. lancifer
Binomial name
Pegasus lancifer
Kaup, 1861
  • Acanthopegasus lancifer (Kaup, 1861)
  • Parapegasus lancifer (Kaup, 1861)

The Sculptured seamoth (Pegasus lancifer) is a species of fish in the Pegasidae family which is endemic to the temperate seas of southern Australia and Tasmania. They are known to gather in large numbers in the shallows of estuaries. Individuals can bury themselves in the sediment and change colours to camouflage them. The male & female spawn as a pair, swimming with their vents touching around a 1 metre (3.3 ft) above the substrate, while the eggs and sperm are released. After spawning the pair separates and the eggs begin a pelagic phase.[2]



  1. ^ Pollom, R. (2016). "Pegasus lancifer". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T16474A115133751. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T16474A1072936.en. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Pegasus lancifer" in FishBase. April 2018 version.

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