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Spotted Mandarinfish

BAD Fish

Scientific Name Synchiropus picturatus

Other Name(s) Picturesque Dragonete

Care Level


Spotted Mandarinfish

BAD Fish

Tan to light green body; large dark spots ringed with orange and blue/green; orange and blue/green markings on eye and face. Low numbers of captive bred available: the vast majority is wild- caught. Mandarinfishes are typically captured with small spears or cyanide, both of which are deadly practices.