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Dragonets and Relatives: Callionymoidei

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Lancer Dragonet (paradiplogrammus Bairdi): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, THEIR RELATIVES DRAGONETS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

LANCER DRAGONET (Paradiplogrammus bairdi): SPECIES ACCOUNT

Dragonets and their relatives live in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.

Most dragonets live on coral, rubble, sand, mud, and other soft bottoms. Some live among algae-covered rocks or mangrove roots in water with a low salt content. Little is known about the habitats of draconetts. They probably live in rubble and sand or among rocks. Algae (AL-jee) are plantlike growths that live in water and have no true roots, stems, or leaves.

Dragonets and their relatives eat small, bottom-dwelling invertebrates, or animals without backbones. Larger species eat larger animals.

Dragonets are important aquarium fish. Draconetts do not appear to have any importance to humans.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists one species of dragonets and their relatives as Critically Endangered, or facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded Vertebrates