The Mandarin fish or Mandarin dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus), is a small, brightly colored member of the dragonet family, which is popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. Some of Other common names include Mandarin goby, Green mandarin, striped mandarin fish, striped dragonet, Green dragonet and sometimes Psychedelic mandarin fish etc. This beautiful little fish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to
. The fish was first
described in 1927 as Callionymus splendidus by Albert William Herre (an
American ichthyologist working in the Australia ). It was later placed
in genus Synchiropus Philippines
The Mandarin fish is generally found at depths of 1-20 m, preferring sheltered lagoons and inshore reefs. They tend to sleep on the sand during the night, and may turn very pale and even become half-submerged. This beautiful fish is very peaceful, but can be territorial toward similar species. Pairs have been known to breed in captivity. They are very active and enjoyable to watch. Some are more reclusive than others.