mandarinfish #6 [174K]

The texture of a mandarinfish's skin is smooth and slimy, without the tough scales of most fish species. Some species of dragonet have a strong odor, which makes me think this may be a type of defense mechanism. In this shot the extreme length of the folded spinous dorsal fin's most forward spine is clear-- over one third the length of the entire fish.

Identification: Synchiropus splendidus

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