Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Gasterosteiformes  
 Family Pegasidae  
 Genus Eurypegasus  
  Eurypegasus draconis  (Linnaeus, 1766) 
Provider: P. L. Lin 
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Synonyms:Cataphractus dracoEuropegasus draconisLe DragonPegassus dracoPegasus dracoPegasus draconisPegasus latirostrisPegasus pauciradiatusPegasus umitenguPegasus volansSurypegasus draconis details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002);Fishbase(2004);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)
Character: Body depressed, completely encased in fused dermal plates: 3 pairs of dorsolateral body plates; 4 pairs of ventrolateral body plates; tail rings 8 or 9, mobile. A pair of deep pits posterior to orbit. Suborbital shelf concave, eye visible in ventral view. Ventral ridges of rostrum greatly expanded than dorsal ridges, each with laterally directed denticles. Anal papilla absent. Spinous dorsal fin absent; soft dorsal and anal fins each with 5 rays, placed posteriorly on body; pectoral fins large, wing-like, inserted horizontally, composed of 9 to 12 unbranched soft rays; pectoral-fin rays interconnected by broad, transparent membranes; pelvic fin spine and 1st ray forming an elongate, tentacular structure. Color in life variable; body usually light to dark brown, with dorsal and lateral area darker than ventral surface. Pectoral fins hyaline, distal margin white and spotted. 
Habitat: Inhabit lagoons often among algal or seagrass beds. Found on sand or silt bottoms, frequently in bays or estuaries. They are opportunistic feeders that collect mainly epifaunal and interstitial invertebrate prey, e.g., crustaceans and worms from the sedim 
Distribution: Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from Red Sea and South Africa to Marquesan and Society Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Australia and Lord Howe Island; throughout Micronesia. It is found in northeastern and western Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 381097
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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