|Latin name||Monodactylus sebae - (Cuvier, 1829)|
|Common name||African moony|
|Family||Monodactylidae - Monodactylus|
|Origin||West Indian Ocean|
|Max length||25.0 cm (9.8")|
As aquarium fish
Can be a threat to small fish
This spicies might be a threat to smaller fishes.
Sensitive during transportation
This species is very sensitive during transportation and acclimatizing into the aquarium.
This species eats a great deal and demands an aquarium that can tolerate such a heavy load.
This species requires frequent feeding, at least a couple of times per day.
Acclimitises best as a juvenile
This species will better acclimatize to the aquarium`s condition if introduced, when young.
Very small individuals can be very delicate.
Requires a varied diet
This species must be fed with an appropriately varied diet.
Requires plenty of space for swimming.
This species revels in swimming and requires an aquarium with ample space.
Bred in captivity
This species can be bred in captivity, one can therefore consider asking your local fish store for a captive bred specimen.
Can coexist with its own species
Several specimen of this species can coexist in the same aquarium, provided they are introduced simultaneously.
Family description (Monodactylidae)
Moonfish (Monodactylidae) are unique, with their special shape and that they have a reflective skin. They are seldom kept in private aquaria, but seen occasionally.
They normally live in brackish water, but can get used to water with a salinity of around 35 (specific gravity 1.026). Larger individuals do better in salt water. Adult fish don´t thrive when moved from their environment, this must be taken into account when these fish are acquired
It is important to mimic their natural environment with proper hiding places, plenty of macroalgae and tree roots.
Because they have the the tendency to swim directly into the glass when frightened, this must be avoided. i.e. dim the light gradually and permanently have a nightlight on.
|Distribution||Eastern Atlantic: west African coast, from Cape Verde to Angola (Ref. 81286), including the Canary Islands (Ref. 7314) and Senegal (Ref. 28587).|
|English common names||African mono|
|Danish common names||Vestafrikansk månefisk|
|German common names||Seba-Flossenblatt|
|Spanish common names||Rambali|
References and further reading
Scott W. Michael. 2004. Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes (Reef Fishes Series Book 3) TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Marvelous Monos; the Moonfishes, Finger Fishes, family Monodactylidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
WWM Crew. FAQs about Monos or Fingerfishes, Family Monodactylidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|eats fish, shoal group|