The Ruby Red Dragonet has a name


Synchiropus sycorax. Photo by Y.K. Tea.

The Ruby Red Dragonet first made its grand entrance into the aquarium trade circa 2013, and it was an immediate fan favorite for obvious reasons.  It really is one of (if not) the most beautiful bottom-dwelling reef fish.  The Ruby Red Dragonet has been successfully bred by aquarists and commercial aquaculture facilities (e.g. ORA Farm), yet up until this week, it was still an unrecognized as a distinct species.

Thanks for the effots of Yi-Kai Tea and Anthony Gill, the Ruby Red Dragonet is now described as the new species Synchiropus sycorax.  The open-access paper is published in ZooTaxa.

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