Bartels' Dragonet (Synchiropus bartelsi)

Also known as Bartels' Dragonette

Description

Also known as Bartels' Dragonette.

Found singly or in pairs resting on coral over lagoons and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on benthic invertebrates and zooplankton.
Length - 4.5cm
Depth - 0-35m
Widespread Western Central Pacific

Males have a taller more elaborate first Dorsal Fin which erects intermittently when moving around and for mating.
Every evening at sunset these beautiful fish rise up from the bottom to perform their dancing ritual before mating. (edit) Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Synchiropus-bartelsi.html

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