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Pegasus tetrabelos  Osterhage, Pogonoski, Appleyard & White, 2016

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gasterosteiformes (Sticklebacks and seamoths) > Pegasidae (Seamoths)
Etymology: Pegasus: Taken form the winged horse of Perseus in the ancient Greek, mithology (Ref. 45335).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 10 - 45 m (Ref. 117113).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Australia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 117113)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 5; Anal soft rays: 5. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 12 tail rings with the anteriormost 9 mobile, articulating laterally, and remaining 3 are fused together, attenuated and dorsoventrally flattened; terminodorsal-lateral (tdl) and terminoventral-lateral (tvl) plates each with an anteriorly and posteriorly directed spine; no terminal-lateral plates (tl); with interpectoral plate (ip); with a single ventral preopercular notch; spatulate rostrum; carapace with 3 small posteriorly directed tubercles along each of the dorsal ridge, one at the centre of each dorsal plate; no scales on orbit; pectoral-fin soft rays 9-10 (usually 10), the 5th ray stouter than other rays; 7 abdominal centra, 14 caudal centra, 21 total centra; 4 dark saddles on tail and without dark saddle on tail ring XI (Ref. 117113).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Osterhage, D., J.J. Pogonoski, S.A. Appleyard and W.T. White, 2016. Integrated taxonomy reveals hidden diversity in northern Australian fishes: A new species of seamoth (Genus Pegasus). PLoS ONE 11(3):e0149415. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149415 (Ref. 117113)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5781   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .