Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

Also known as Blue Mandarin, Blue Mandarin Dragonet, Blue Mandarinfish, Green Mandarin, Green Mandarin Dragonet, Green Psychedelic Mandarin, Green Splendid Mandarinfish, Green Striped Mandarinfish, Mandarin Dragonet, Mandarin Goby, Psychedelic Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Mandarin Dragonet

Description

Also known as Blue Mandarin, Blue Mandarin Dragonet, Blue Mandarinfish, Green Mandarin, Green Mandarin Dragonet, Green Psychedelic Mandarin, Green Splendid Mandarinfish, Green Striped Mandarinfish, Mandarin Dragonet, Mandarin Goby, Psychedelic Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Mandarin Dragonet.

Found in small schools living in the branches of dense thickets of acropora coral branches over shallow, sheltered silty coastal lagoons and inshore reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, fish eggs, invertebrates and worms.
Length - 7cm
Depth - 1-18m
Widespread Western 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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/12644

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    March 02, 2015 at 06:48 am - 1 person found this useful.

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