Uploaded by Lemon TYK on 2013-09-08.
NEW! Ruby Red Dragonet- This is the most exciting wild fish of 2013! Only a handful have been shipped in from the Philippines. This fish is yet undescribed and it is unclear if this a separate species or a geographical variant. Regardless the husbandry requirements should be similar to that of the Scooter Blenny.
It’s closest relative may be the seldom seen Synchiropus tudorjonesi, sometimes referred to as the Redback Dragonet, which was itself only described in 2012 from mesophotic reefs at the Raja Ampat Islands of Western New Guinea. The two share many similarities in their appearance, morphology and ecology. Another close relative is likely to be the Ruby Red Dragonet, an undescribed species said to be collected from deep habitats in the Philippines and, arguably, the most beautiful of the callionymids. Another undescribed species from French Polynesia may also belong to this group, as it too shares a love of mesophotic habitats and has a mostly red body with white spotting. Of this last species, only a single female specimen has been recorded, illustrated in the video below.
Uploaded by koji wada on 2013-02-20.
Ronald Fricke (2016): Synchiropus novaehiberniensis, a new species of
dragonet from New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with a review of
subgenus Synchiropus (Neosynchiropus) and description of a new subgenus (Teleostei:
Callionymidae), Journal of Natural History, DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2016.1210690