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Ocellated Dragonet

The Ocellated Dragonet is also called the Scooter Blenny, even though it is not actually a member of the Blenny family. Weird huh?

In the wild, these fish are found in the western Pacific Ocean, where they live on the seafloor of shallow coral reef areas. You will often see several of them living in a loosely-affiliated group, though they don't form actual schools. They feed on very tiny Zooplankton.

Speaking of size, Ocellated Dragonets are small, only about 3in long, and have brown bodies that are covered with stripe and spot patterns. You can tell the difference between males and females based on the dorsal fin. The fin is larger for males, and it has bright orange coloration at the base.

IUCN Status : Not Listed
Location : Southwest Pacific Ocean
Size : Length up to 3in (9cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Actinopterygii -- Order : Perciformes
Family : Callionymidae -- Genus : Synchiropus -- Species : S. ocellatus
Image : GraouQuarium


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