Genus Pegasus


A genus of seamoths with three species found in Australian waters. Pegasus differs from Eurypegasus, the other genus in the family, in having more tail rings, 11 to 14 (vs. 8 or rarely 9 tail rings in Eurypegasus).

Body with four pairs of dorsolateral bony plates, and five pairs of ventrolateral body plates; tail encircled by 11–14 bony rings; eyes visible from above; no deep pits on the dorsal surface of head.

Author: Bray, D.J. 2018

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Pegasus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 May 2024,


Kuiter, R.H. 2009. Seahorses and their relatives. Seaford, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 331. 

Palsson, W.A. & Pietsch, T.W. 1989. Revision of the acanthopterygian fish family Pegasidae (Order Gasterosteiformes). Indo-Pacific Fishes 18: 1-38