Lancer dragonet

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Lancer dragonet
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Callionymiformes
Family: Callionymidae
Genus: Callionymus
C. bairdi
Binomial name
Callionymus bairdi
Jordan, 1888
  • Callionymus sanctaehelenae Fricke, 1983
  • Callionymus boekeri Metzelaar, 1919
  • Callionymus sanctieustatii Metzelaar, 1919
  • Paradiplogrammus bairdi (Jordan, 1888)

Callionymus bairdi, the Lancer dragonet, Baird's dragonet, coral dragonet or St Helena dragonet, is a species of dragonet native to the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean where it occurs at depths of from 1 to 91 metres (3.3 to 298.6 ft). In the western Atlantic it occurs from Cape Hatteras southwards along the east coast of North America. including Bermuda and the Bahamas, into the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean Sea. It has also been recorded from Ilha da Trindade off Brazil. In the eastern Atlantic it has been recorded from the Cape Verde Islands, Ascension Island, St. Helena, and Sao Tome e Principe in the Gulf of Guinea.[1] This species grows to a length of 11.4 centimetres (4.5 in) TL.[2]

Callionymus bairdi is found over sandy bottoms but also over substrates of rocky-rubble. It occurs in shallow reefs as well as in beds of Thalassia testudinum. It is a sexually dimorphic species. The juveniles occur shallower than 15m.[1]

The specific name honours the U.S. ornithologist and ichthyologist Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-1887).[3]


  1. ^ a b c Smith-Vaniz, W.F.; Curtis, M.; Williams, J.T. & Pina Amargos, F. (2015). "Callionymus bairdi". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2015: e.T16506657A16509872. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T16506657A16509872.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Callionymus bairdi" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  3. ^ "Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names. B". Hans.G.Hansson. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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