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Synchiropus splendidus, Green Mandarin. Scott W. Michael

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This family includes a number of droll looking, colorful species that are highly popular among marine aquarists. They are bottomdwellers that feed on tiny benthic invertebrates.


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Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: DRAGONETS

Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 0 0
Genera 18 1
Species 130 4

Captive care: Dragonets do best in well-established reef aquaria with thriving populations of microfauna living on and within the live rock and substrate.

Feeding: Carnivores. They have tiny mouths, suited to hunting very small live crustaceans, and they can be challenging to feed in the aquarium.

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Reference: Reef Fishes Volume 1
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM