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Mandarin Fishes - Synchiropus splendidus Diver&#039;s Lodge Mandarin Reef, Lembeh.<br />
Night dive. Female (smaller) and male engaging in mating ritual. Geotagged,Indonesia,Mandarinfish,Spring,Synchiropus splendidus Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Mandarin Fishes - Synchiropus splendidus

Diver's Lodge Mandarin Reef, Lembeh.
Night dive. Female (smaller) and male engaging in mating ritual.

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  1. :O The most beautiful fish I've ever seen! Wow! Posted 9 months ago
    1. Yes, they are very psychedelic!
      See their mating ritual in the video that I am adding in next posting :-)
      Posted 9 months ago
  2. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) are one of the most stunningly beautiful fish in the ocean! They have an indescribable, psychedelic pattern that resembles the artwork of a highly creative child. Native to the warm, sheltered reefs of the Pacific Ocean, these fish rapidly flutter about from rock to rock as they search for small invertebrates to feed on. Not only are they physically gorgeous, but they are interesting as well— especially concerning their defensive and mating strategies. Mandarinfish are one of the few marine fish that lack protective scales. Instead, they are covered in a layer of gooey, snot-like slime. This slime protects them from the elements, parasites, and also discourages predators because the slime smells and tastes terrible. The slime also contains toxins, which suggests that their bright coloring may be aposematic. When it comes to mating, mandarinfish have a charming ritual. At night, the females gather as the males attempt to woo them. Competition is fierce, and size does matter— the larger males are favored by the females. When a female chooses a male, the couple pairs off and rises above the reef as she rests on his pelvic fin, and they do a type of dance together. It almost looks as if they are waltzing, cheek to cheek. After rising about a meter above the reef, they simultaneously release clouds of eggs and sperm into the water. Small males that were rejected by females will often rush up to mating pairs and frantically release sperm in hope of randomly fertilizing eggs. A desperate measure and a rude interruption for the couple, I'm sure. On the whole, mandarinfish are stunning, stinky, and charismatic! {Spotted in Indonesia by JungleDragon moderator, Patomarazul} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 8 months ago
    1. Wow! This is such a wonderful description! Thanks so much Christine! :-) Posted 8 months ago
      1. You're welcome, Marta :) Posted 8 months ago

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The mandarinfish or mandarin dragonet , is a small, brightly colored member of the dragonet family, which is popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. The mandarinfish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to Australia.

Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Oct 17, 2018. Captured May 23, 2018 11:55 in Unnamed Road, Pasirpanjang, Lembeh Sel., Kota Bitung, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/5.6
  • 1/160s
  • ISO200
  • 14.41mm