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Species: Synchiropus dagmarae, Dagmar’s Dragonet

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head long
D1: black rear spot; male - spine I filamentous
D2 edge concave in both sexes
opercular spine - 2 points, curved up
A black stripe in female only

Synchiropus dagmarae (Fricke, 1985)

Dagmar’s Dragonet

Elongate, somewhat depressed; no skin fold along side of belly; head relatively long (length before dorsal fin 30-35% SL); a small mouth that angles down when open, with a protrusible top jaw; a large, up-curved, two-pointed spine on the preoperculum, but no spines or the operculum; gill openings small and high on the shoulder; two dorsal fins, IV flexible spines + 8 soft rays, 1st dorsal spine elongate and filamentous in male, outer edge of 2nd dorsal slightly concave in both sexes; anal fin with 7 rays and no spines; pectorals large, rounded, usually 2 unbranched + 18-21 branched rays; pelvics insert under preopercular spine, large, reach past anal fin origin in males; tail fin long, with filaments in males; lateral line complete, extends onto tail fin; no scales.

Reddish; a distinct dark spot (heart-shaped in male) between last two dorsal fin spines at all sizes; second dorsal fin dark spotted; anal fin with black stripe near outer edge in female but not male; tail fin may have dark spots on upper half.

Reaches 22.5 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 45-700 m.

S Caribbean to Guyana.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 22.5
Depth Range Min
  • 45
Depth Range Max
  • 700