(Red) Scooter Dragonet Neosynchiropus ocellatus

Red Scooter Dragonet
Red Scooter Dragonet
Red Scooter Dragonet
The (Red) Scooter or Ocellated Dragonet is native to tropical reefs of the western Pacific. Males are redder and females browner. Males can open their dorsal fins like sails with a striped red and white pattern and a bright orange base. They grow to 8cm long and feed on tiny crustaceans on the ocean floor. Although they look like blennies, they are unrelated. They also look like the related Starry Dragonet, Synchiropus stellatus, of the Indian Ocean.