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Red Dragonet, colour.

Artwork by Frank Olsen

 

The red dragonet is a species of dragonet native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean where it occurs at depths of from 70 to 600 metres. This diminutive, bright scarlet and yellow fish is found amongst areas of broken coral rubble that is interspersed with outcrops of soft and stony corals.

 

Like its close relative, the Scooter Blenny, this species has an interesting method of locomotion, using oversized ventral fins to 'scoot' along the substrate and habitually perch as it feeds on microfauna.

 

Description source:

Wikipedia, Maidenhead Aquatics

 

View the original image at the Queensland State Archives:

Queensland State Archives, Item ID ITM792092

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Taken sometime in 1965