Adaptations of Pelagic Fishes

Life of Sea | Mandarin fish (Synchiropus splendidus) | The Mandarin fish is the most beautiful member of the genus Synchiropus. It is also one of the most breathtaking marine fish ever found in our oceans. It looks more like an intricate painting that a fish does, her entire body is composed of alternating wavy lines of orange, blue and green. While they are commonly known as the Mandarin goby fish, they're real name is Mandarin Dragonet. It is similar to the Scooter Blenny (Synchiropus Occelatus). The mandarin fish is from the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to Australia.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Callionymidae
Genus: Synchiropus
Gill, 1860
Species: S. splendidus

The Mandarin fish can simply not be confused with another fish. It has perhaps the most attractive color and pattern of reef fish commonly kept. The scale-less body of the fish is a blue or green color, orange wavy lines on it. The tail is bright red with blue edges. Other colors can be found in the pattern too. These fish are sometimes psychedelic fish because of the rather bizarre colors. nd has a large pointed dorsal fin that is rarely shown. They are found in pairs or groups, often on sandy bottoms between reef tops.

Mandarin fish are reef dwellers prefer sheltered lagoons and reefs. While slowly moving and quite often within their reach, they are not easily seen because of their bottom-feeding habit and their small size (reaching only about 6 cm). They feed mainly on small crustaceans and other invertebrates. Mandarin fish is one of the most popular fish, but they are unfortunately one of the most likely to perish in the average reef tank. The reason for this is their very picky eating habits. Many mandarins eat copepods and amphipods living alone (pods) which are found in sufficient numbers only in larger, established reef tanks. The minimum required tank is generally listed as 55 liters or more with 50 pounds of live rock. It is based on feeding requirements and not the space requirements as the Mandarin is a very slow, docile fish. Perhaps more important than the tank is heavily fed and nutrient rich a tank, since this type of tank will generally support a higher population than pod tanks operate under more lean conditions.


Sea Frontiers 1974 Jan.- Feb. (Pelagic Adaptations, Artificial Reefs, freedom to fish, king of the winged boats, 20)
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Fish Stocks/ Windpower/ Wave Generators

2006-11-14 00:23:43 by jaybug39

I have read that ocean fish stocks will be gone in a few years. And I have been thinking since I heard that Massachusetts refused to build wind turbines in Long Island Sound as they were unattractive, why not build some in the pacific where we could create national sea life refuges?
This would help out coastal communities in several regards. Some people would come see the turbines, much like some people visit lighthouses. The energy produced would ease any difficulties coastal communities may face from their currently existing long distance power transmissions. And they would get the benefit of knowing that fish will be around in the future


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