Picturesque Dragonet (Synchiropus picturatus)

Also known as Dragonette, Green Mandarin Dragonette, Green Mandarinfish, Greenspot Manderin, Greenspot Mandarin Dragonet, Mandarinfish, Picture Dragonet, Picture Mandarinfish, Picturesque Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Fish, Spotted-green Mandarinfish, Spotted Mandarin, Spotted Mandarinfish, Target Spotted Dragonet, Yellow Mandarin Dragonet

Description

Also known as Dragonette, Green Mandarin Dragonette, Green Mandarinfish, Greenspot Manderin, Greenspot Mandarin Dragonet, Mandarinfish, Picture Dragonet, Picture Mandarinfish, Picturesque Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Fish, Spotted-green Mandarinfish, Spotted Mandarin, Spotted Mandarinfish, Target Spotted Dragonet, Yellow Mandarin Dragonet.

Found in small loose schools over shallow sandy bottoms, secretive amongst rubble below living corals over sheltered reefs.
They feed on small benthic invertebrates.
Length - 7cm
Depth - 0-20m
Widespread 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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/12740

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