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Orange and Black Dragonet

Dactylopus kuiteri


This guys have an extremely long first dorsal fin and characteristic orange lips! Dragonets are benthic animals, spending most of their time on or near the bottom. They prefer sandy or rocky substrates, sometimes near reefs. Inhabiting depths down to about 200 metres, dragonets feed mostly on crustaceans, worms and other small invertebrates rooted out from the substrate. The dragonet's large pectoral fins serve as a primary means of propulsion. Males are highly territorial between themselves.

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SamanthaCraven 8 years ago

Thank you! It was teeny tiny, very cute.

Muckpuk 8 years ago

Lovely spotting!

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Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 11, 2012
Submitted on Apr 14, 2012

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