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updated 9/9/2012

Family Callionymidae

Dragonets

Dragonets are small benthic fishes with a stout angular head, short pointed snout and high-set eyes.  They live in sand, rubble, or crevices and feed upon small invertebrates.  They are sexually dimorphic and often brightly colored with showy fins.  This family includes the Mandarinfishes.  Hawai‘i has several species but are rarely noticed by divers.

 

HAWAII

Callionymus decoratus

LONGTAIL DRAGONET

 

Callionymus comptus  

ORNAMENTED DRAGONET

 

Synchiropus rosulentus 

ROSY DRAGONET