Starry Dragonet (Synchiropus stellatus)

Also known as Marble Scooter, Red Scooter, Red Scooter Blenny, Red Scooter Dragonet, Ruby Red Scooter Dragonet, Scooter Blenny, Scooter Dragonet, Stellate Dragonet

Description

Also known as Marble Scooter, Red Scooter, Red Scooter Blenny, Red Scooter Dragonet, Ruby Red Scooter Dragonet, Scooter Blenny, Scooter Dragonet, Stellate Dragonet.

Found resting on algae covered coral and rocks over protected coastal reefs.
They feed on benthic invertebrates and zooplankton.
Length - 7.5cm
Depth - 5-40m
Widespread Indian Ocean

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/7802

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