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Data sheet: Synchiropus Marmoratus “Marbled dragonet”


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Nome scientifico: Synchiropus Marmoratus
Common Name: Marbled dragonet
Taxonomic Classification
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Callionymoidei
Family: Callionymidae
Genus: Synchiropus
Species: Marmoratus
Description: The S. Marmoratus has a cylindrical body, a very large head and a tubular muzzle with a small mouth at the end; Very developed fins; Uses ventral fins to move using them as small paws; The pectoral fins are used for swimming with a characteristic wave movement of the Callionymidae family. Maximum length: 7 cm.
Coloring:  It has a less light color than S. Splendidus but still beautiful. The body is white and has a mottled color on the red with various shades extending from the head to the caudal fin. On the pectoral fins there is a spot with gray-black colors. The dorsal fin is rich in vibrant colors mixed in arabesques ranging from red through various shades of orange and black. In some cases, a temporary darkening of the head is noticeable due to mood changes.
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Behavior: Very peaceful, sociable and shy fish, he loves to go around the tank mostly in the rocks and on the sandy substrate in search of food. When the lights are switched off, they sleep under the sand, if present, showing only the head.

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Sexual Dimorphism: The male has the longest radius of the longest dorsal fin and a larger and colored fan than the female.

Habitat:  S. Marmoratus is widespread in coastal lagoons and in coral reefs.
Temperature:  24/28°C   pH: 8.0/8.5     Water hardness: 7/10 °dH
Tips for breeding: Acclimatization is better drop by drop to avoid saline and temperature changes and to give fish enough time to get used to new chemical values. It is advisable to insert into at least 6 months – 1 year old tanks, to ensure micro fauna to be sown. Sometimes it is inserted to combat the plague of Red Planes as one of the many natural competitors. We recommend coexistence with non-aggressive and slow in eating fishes. It does not damage any kind of marine invertebrates. It suffers excessive levels of nitrates and phosphates> 15-20 mg / l.
Feed: They preferably feed small benthic animals found in the sandy substrate or in the niches of the rocks. Fortunately, it also feeds on alive, freeze-dried or frozen food, the important thing is that it is of adequate quality and size to be ingested by S. Marmoratus (such as Artemia Salina, Mysis, Mollusca Pulp, Cyclops, Lobster Eggs, Frozen Plankton , Copepodi). In the rarest possible way they get used to eating dry granulated food. It is advisable to feed it with abundant food doses at least twice a day.
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Diffusion: Western Indian Ocean: South to Delagoa Bay, Mozambique and the coasts of Africa to Sumatra.

Swimming Level: Groundling fish, slow swimmer.
Difficulty: Average
Riproduction: Captivity is possible but almost impossible to complete because after a long courtship the female releases thousands of planktonic eggs into free water.
Extinction risk: Not included in the IUCN red list of endangered animals.





Felice Panico
Acquariofilo dall'età di 10 anni con esperienza in acquariologia dolce,marina e salmastra, appassionato di immersioni subacquee e di microscopia.

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