Fish Guide

Mother Sailfin Dragonet   (Dactylopus dactylopus)
Family: Callionymidae (Dragonets)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 180 ft.   Size: 11 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Difficult   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic crustaceans, copepods
Natural History: The Fingered Dragonet is found on sand and seaweed bottoms of sand or mud flats. It has unusual pelvic fins that are separated into "fingers" and a long filament on the anterior section of the dorsal fin. Its unusual pelvic fins allow it to "walk" on the sand. It is often observed to burrow in the sand.
Husbandry: The Fingered Dragonet should be housed in an aquarium live rock to allow it to feed on its natural prey. A refugium is very helpful to supply this species with the food it needs. This species may require live food, such as copepods and it should not be housed with other copepod-feeders, such as other Mandarins or Dragonets. Sand should be provided to allow it to burrow.

AKA: Fingered Dragonet

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