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The Ruby Red Dragonet has a name

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 07, 2016 09:00 AM
It's official. The Ruby Red Dragonet - arguably the is most alluring of dragonets - is now recognized as the new distinct species, Synchiropus sycorax. It is currently known only from Jolo Island, Philippines.
The Ruby Red Dragonet has a name

Synchiropus sycorax. Photo by Y.K. Tea.

The Ruby Red Dragonet first made its grand entrance into the aquarium trade circa 2013, and it was an immediate fan favorite for obvious reasons.  It really is one of (if not) the most beautiful bottom-dwelling reef fish.  The Ruby Red Dragonet has been successfully bred by aquarists and commercial aquaculture facilities (e.g. ORA Farm), yet up until this week, it was still an unrecognized as a distinct species.

Thanks for the effots of Yi-Kai Tea and Anthony Gill, the Ruby Red Dragonet is now described as the new species Synchiropus sycorax.  The open-access paper is published in ZooTaxa.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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