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Blue/Green Mandarinfish

GOOD Fish

Scientific Name Synchiropus splendidus

Other Name(s) Green Mandarin Dragonete; Splendid Mandarinfish; Striped Mandarinfish

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Blue/Green Mandarinfish

GOOD Fish
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Orange body; ornate pattern of blue and green bands and spots; blue/green head with blue bands on eye and face. Mandarinfishes are typically captured with small spears or cyanide, both of which are deadly practices. Many wild-caught mandarinfishes are still sold to hobbyists, therefore, avoid them unless purchasing directly from a reputable aquaculture business such as Biota.