Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

Common Name: Mandarinfish
Scientific Name: Synchiropus splendidus
Reef-Safe: Yes
Min. Tank Size: 35 gallons
Captive Care: Difficult
Temperament: Peaceful
Max. Size:  7 cm (2.8")
Range: Malaysia (Sabah), Indonesia (Java and Kalimantan eastward), Philippines, Papuua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Ryukyu Islands, Caroline Islands, Australia (Great Barrier Reef and Northwest Shelf) and New Caledonia.
Depth: 1 - 18m (3.3 - 59ft)
Diet: Carnivore
Remarks: Inhabits shallow protected lagoons and inshore reefs. Found on silty bottoms with coral and rubble. Usually in small groups spread over small area. Minimum depth reported from has been reared in captivity. Well-known aquarium fish.