Ocellated dragonet

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Ocellated dragonet
Scooter blenny - by BJ Beggerly.jpg
Male Scooter Dragonet
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Callionymoidei
Family: Callionymidae
Genus: Synchiropus
Species: S. ocellatus
Binomial name
Synchiropus ocellatus
(Pallas, 1770)
Synonyms

Neosynchiropus ocellatus
Pallas, 1770
Callionymus ocellatus
Pallas, 1770

Synchiropus ocellatus (Ocellated dragonet or Scooter Dragonet) is a species of tropical marine fish in the Dragonet (Callionymidae) family. It is native to the southwest Pacific Ocean from southern Japan to the Marquesan Islands.

Name[edit]

The Scooter Dragonet is often referred to as the Ocellated Dragonet and, in the aquarium trade, as the Scooter Blenny. This often causes confusion because many then believe that the species is a member of the Blenny family when it is actually not. The same species is also occasionally listed under the scientific name Neosynchiropus ocellatus, and many mistakenly believe they are separate species.

Physical description[edit]

The Scooter Dragonet grows to approximately 8 centimetres (3.1 in) long. Viewed from above, it is distinctly diamond-shaped with the horizontal pectoral fins located at its widest point. It is brown and tan with a striped or spotted pattern- males are usually more colorful and have a large sail-like dorsal fin that is bright orange at the base.

Habitat[edit]

The Scooter Dragonet is a reef-associated bottom dwelling fish that inhabits shallow, tropical waters, usually sandy lagoons or rocky reefs. They tend to form loose congregations of several individuals, but do not exhibit schooling behavior or other forms of social cooperation. Scooter Dragonets' diet consists almost entirely of Copepods: small zooplankton living in the water column. However, in captivity the Scooter Dragonet can often be acclimated to consuming live, frozen or even artificial foods, such as flakes.

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