|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The Mandarin fish is probably one of the most distinctive fish
available in the marine aquarium hobby today. Few species can match
its startling combination of unusual shape and remarkable
colouration. This species is often sold under the misnomer of
Mandarin Goby, however, Synchiropus splendidus belongs to a family
(Callionymidae) of fish commonly referred to as dragonets and is, in
fact, a dragonet and not a goby at all! by J. Charles Delbeek M.Sc.
Mandarins are commonly found around the Philippine Islands but their
range extends westward to western Australia (Achterkamp 1986). On the
reef, they can commonly be found in small groups, or in pairs, and
are closely associated with sandy areas between reef crests
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