Redback dragonet Synchiropus tudorjonesi

Redback dragonet

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Redback dragonet Synchiropus tudorjonesi

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Redback dragonet

Scientific name:
Synchiropus tudorjonesi
Year of description:
Allen & Erdmann, 2012
IUCN Status:
Not Evaluated

Not Evaluated


Pacific Ocean, near Indonesia.


Between 50 and 120 metres deep.


To date, it has reached a maximum size of 4.8 cm


It feeds on small benthic invertebrates (that live on the seabed).

Redback dragonet Synchiropus tudorjonesi

The first breeding activities of the redback dragonet in aquariums were reported in 2014.

This species was recently discovered in 2010 in Indonesia.

did you know?

Its scientific name "tudorjonesi" was given in honour of Paul Tudor Jones, president of the United States National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), a foundation dedicated to the preservation of nature.

Where is the animal to be found?

The redback dragonet, also known as the ruby dragonet, lives close to the seabed and is found on sandy seabeds between 50 and 120 metres below the surface. It feeds on small benthic invertebrates.

How can it be recognised?

This pretty red and yellow fish is related to the mandarinfish. To date, it has reached a maximum size of 4.8 cm.

What is distinctive about it?

Males and females can be distinguished by morphological differences. To demonstrate that they are available for courtship, the males, whose heads are more compressed, brandish their first dorsal fin.

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