Mandarin Fish (Pterosynchiropus splendidus)

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Description Size: Mandarinfish is categorized under small-sized fish with very little weight, and reaching only around 6 cm in length, but at times, up to 7 cm.Color: This fish has...
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Description

Size: Mandarinfish is categorized under small-sized fish with very little weight, and reaching only around 6 cm in length, but at times, up to 7 cm.

Color: This fish has brilliant pigmentation reflecting various colors and hues of cyan, purple, green, yellow and rarely red, with orange wavy lines upon a blue background; although some individuals with other variations are also found. Their body also consists of light-reflecting cells.

Head and body: Mandarinfish has a depressed and broad head. This gives their body a very unusual shape.

Fins: They have 8 dorsal soft rays, 4 dorsal spines; however, they have no anal spines.


Habitat

The natural habitats of mandarinfish are inshore reefs and shallow protected lagoons, and are found mostly under dead corals or near the rubble beds of the ocean. They are usually found at depths of 1 to 18 meters.

Diet

In the wild, mandarinfish are carnivorous by nature, preying mostly (and almost only) upon live creatures like small worms, protozoans and crustaceans like munnid isopods, amphipods and copepods, but also, at times, their food can be other benthic organisms.

Behavior

Mandarinfish are peaceful by temperament. During daytime, the mandarinfish are quite reclusive by nature, however, at times, they can be seen perching or hopping atop corals. They move by briskly pulsating their fins, which reminds of a hummingbird. Being shy by nature, they hide themselves under corals or in sand bed when threatened, or at night. They tend to avoid any kind if bright light.

 

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