Monodactylus falciformis Lacep├Ęde, 1801
Full moony
photo by FAO

 Family:  Monodactylidae (Moonyfishes or fingerfishes)
 Max. size:  31 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated, oceanodromous
 Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to False Bay, South Africa, Madagascar (Ref. 4337), and Reunion (Ref. 53568).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-30; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 25-29. Adults silvery with dusky dorsal and anal lobes; juveniles dusky with dark vertical bars (Ref. 5400).
 Biology:  Inhabits coastal waters including estuaries and lagoons (Ref. 5213). Seldom enters freshwater. Juveniles can be kept in the aquarium (Ref. 4833). Caught with throw nets (Ref. 30573).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.04.93
 Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 19.08.03
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 09.08.94

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