synchiropus

Picturesque dragonet  

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.

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Photo credit: ©Andrew Trevor-Jones

Locality: Dragon Besar, Rinca Island, Indonesia. Depth: 2.3 m.