Synchiropus picturatus (Perciformes - Callionymidae) is a reef-associated fish from the Indo-West Pacific (Philippines, eastern Indonesia and northwest Australia).
The head, fins, and body of this fish are a psychedelic combination of blue, orange, and black spots on a green base. Males may be distinguished from females by their more-elongated first dorsal spine.
Other common names: Spotted Mandarin, Spotted Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Mandarinfish, Psychedelic Fish.
The mandarinfish is a small, brightly colored member of the dragonet family, which is popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. The mandarinfish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to Australia. To date, S. splendidus is one of only two vertebrate species known to have blue colouring because of cellular pigment. Mandarinfish are reef dwellers, preferring sheltered lagoons and inshore reefs. While they are slow-moving and fairly common within their range,
they are not easily seen due to their bottom-feeding habit and their
small size (reaching only about 6 cm). They feed primarily on small crustaceans and other invertebrates.
“The mandarinfish is one of the few marine fish which does not have scales. As a protective compensation to its lack of scales, the mandarin fish is protected by a mucous-coated slimy and smelly skin, which not only protects them from most parasitic skin diseases, but also discourages predators due to its horrible taste. Their bright vivid coloration also serves to give out warning to predators of their nasty smell and taste.” x
The Mandarin Fish is the most beautiful member of the genus Synchiropus. It is also one of the most breath-taking marine fish ever to be found in our oceans. It looks more like an intricate painting that it does a fish, its entire body is made up of wavy alternating lines of orange, blue and green.
While they are commonly known as the Mandarin Goby and the Mandarin Fish, they’re true name is the Mandarin Dragonet. It is similar to the Scooter Blenny (Synchiropus Occelatus) in this respect.
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