Synchiropus ocellatus (Pallas, 1770)
Ocellated dragonet
photo by Muséum-Aquarium de Nancy/D. Terver

Family:  Callionymidae (Dragonets)
Max. size:  8.9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 30 m
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: from Indonesia to the Pitcairn Group; north to Japan; south to Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 4-4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-10; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 7-9. Identified by starry pattern on body and males by dorsal fin (Ref. 48636).
Biology:  Inhabits sandy areas of lagoon and seaward reefs (Ref. 1602); in sheltered rocky reef habitats in few meters depth, usually in small loose groups (Ref. 48636). Occurs in rubble and algal turfs (Ref. 90102) and tidepools (Ref. 111072). Feeds on small benthic invertebrates (Ref. 89972).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 March 2022 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless


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