Synchiropus rosulentus Randall, 1999
Rosy dragonet
Synchiropus rosulentus
photo by Stender, K.

Family:  Callionymidae (Dragonets)
Max. size:  2.15 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 5 - 24 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Island.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 4-4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Males with 5 irregular brown blotches dorsally on body and a row of seven orange pink blotches along side linked dorsally by a midlateral narrow orange pink stripe; two small jet black spots above base of each pelvic fin; broken blue lines (brown in preservative) on head below eye, continuing onto gill membranes and pectoral-fin base where alternating with yellow; first dorsal fin with long dusky yellow to orange pink streaks on membranes; females similar but lacking the two small black spots and the blue and yellow striping of the lower head and pectoral-fin base; posterior two-thirds of the short first dorsal fin black.
Biology:  Collected from sand and rubble bottoms adjacent to coral reefs or rocky areas (Ref. 33412). Benthic (Ref. 58302).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 30.04.02
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 22.01.08

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