small fish with a camouflaging mosaic pattern is often seen in sandy
areas near reefs on many of our shores.
Features: Those seen 3-5cm. Body somewhat flattened. Head
broad and flat with a narrow pointed mouth so that the head appears
triangular when seen from above. It has a pattern of patches and bars
of various shades of brown and white that matches the sandy areas
where it is found.
According to Ng, this species is distinguished from the other dragonets
of Singapore in having a combination of a narrow snout, dark saddles
on the body, and dark markings on the anal fin.
Sometimes mistaken for flatheads
(Family Platycephalidae). Here's more on how
to tell apart fish with flat heads.
dragonets on Singapore shores
confirmation. Species are difficult to positively identify without close
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of