RSS Synchiropus occidentalis dragonet from West Australia seen on video for the first ti

Discussion in 'RSS Feeds' started by MASA Admin, 19 Jun 2012.

  1. MASA Admin

    MASA Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    8 May 2007
    Posts:
    10,110
    Likes Received:
    100
    [​IMG]Synchiropus occidentalis dragonet from West Australia


    Synchiropus occidentalis is a very rare species of dragonet from West Australia which is so seldom seen that very, very*few pictures of this fish exist, let alone any video evidence. Like the green and spotted mandarin dragonets, Synchiropus occidentalis*is endowed with psychadelic color and pattern which gives this West Australia fish a crazy looking pattern. Thanks to some amazing pictures and video from Vebas Aquarium in Perth Australia we can also enjoy the exquisite beauty of Synchiropus occidentalis.*

    Compared to the typical green spotted mandarin, Synchiropus picturatus, the West Australian dragonet Synchiropus occientalis is a more mustard green to orange-yellow color overall with the same psychadelic rings of blue and black. However Synchiropus occidentalis*also bears numerous fine blue spots all over the body, black fins with their own starry night of blueish spots and additional spots and fine lines on the face which give the West Australia Dragonet a very distinct head-on appearance from its ‘Pterosynchiropus’*congeners.

    [​IMG]Synchiropus occidentalis dragonet from West Australia


    Depending on who you ask, the mandarin gobies (which are dragonets, not gobies) are part of a separate genus called Pterosynchiropus and there are some ichthyologysts who believe that Synchiropus occidentalis*is*just*a subspecies of Synchiropus picturatus with a distinct coloration and a restricted range from West Australia.*If American marine fish breeders ever got their hands on*Synchiropus occidentalis*you can bet your fish money that someone would be hard at work getting this amazing species to breed.

    We’ve been infatuated with this particular species ever since it adorned the cover of Helmut Debelius’ seminal World Fishes atlas with just one lonely photograph to illustrate the beautiful*Synchiropus occidentalis*and very little else to go on. If we can get corals from West Australia all day long and even other exquisite West Australia fishes like the true personifer angelfish,*Chaetodontoplus personifer*and Lennard’s wrasse Anampses lennardi can be collected and shipped from West Australia, there is some hope yet that we may see*Synchiropus occidentalis*in the future. Maybe some day.*[Advanced Aquarist]


    Click here to view the embedded video.


    Readers also viewed:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    More...
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. 2balive

    2balive

    Joined:
    6 May 2007
    Posts:
    2,179
    Likes Received:
    39
    Location:
    Camps Bay, Cape Town
    Now this would be a nice addition...
     
  4. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    beautiful fish!
     
  5. Keanan

    Keanan 2time

    Joined:
    16 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    2,490
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Definitely.
     
Recent Posts