Picturesque Dragonet (Synchiropus picturatus)

Also known as Dragonette, Picturesque Mandarinfish, Picture Dragonet, Picture Mandarinfish, Spotted Green Mandarinfish, Spotted Mandarinfish, Spotted Mandarin, Green Mandarinfish, Green Spot Mandarin Dragonet, Green Mandarin Dragonette, Yellow Mandarin Dragonet, Target Spotted Dragonet.

Description

Also known as Dragonette, Picturesque Mandarinfish, Picture Dragonet, Picture Mandarinfish, Spotted Green Mandarinfish, Spotted Mandarinfish, Spotted Mandarin, Green Mandarinfish, Green Spot Mandarin Dragonet, Green Mandarin Dragonette, Yellow Mandarin Dragonet and Target Spotted Dragonet.

Found in small groups in sheltered silty coral rich coastal lagoons, amongst rubble but close to corals.
They feed on crustaceans and invertebrates.
Length - 6cm
Depth - 0-20m
Western Indo-West 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.

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