Comprehensive DescriptionRead full entry
| Common names: dragonet (English), dragoncito (Espanol), gobio-adorno (Espanol) |
Synchiropus atrilabiatus (Garman, 1899)
Blacklip dragonet, Antler dragonet, Sleepy dragonet
Elongate body; long, slightly depressed head; eye large, on top of head; snout short (< eye length), pointed; mouth small, top jaw protrusible, mouth angles down when open; no teeth on upper jaw, 1 row simple teeth on lower jaw; large preopercular spine with up curved main tip, with 2 hooked points on its top side; no opercular spine; gill opening small, oval, low on side; dorsal fin IV + 8-9 unbranched rays, in male dorsal spines decrease in size from front to rear, are equal sized in the female; anal 7-8 rays; pectorals 18-23, large, rounded; pelvics I, 5, inserted under throat before pectorals, each connected to pectoral by a membrane; tail long, pointed; lateral line a series of pores, complete, extends onto tail fin; no scales.
Upper body and head light brown to yellowish, numerous small dark blotches; belly cream; fins dusky; spinous dorsal with dark oval blotch between last 2 spines; tail, pelvic and pectoral with bands of small spots; anal fin white, a broad black band near outer edge, margin white; margin of top jaw black.
Size: 12 cm.
Habitat: sand, mud, and rubble.
Depth: 3-235 m, usually deeper than ~ 40 m.
Southern California to the mouth of the Gulf of California to Peru, the Galapagos and Cocos.