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  • Mandarinfisch im Zoo Zürich


    Synchiropus splendidus

    When mating, the mandarinfish swim abdomen to abdomen towards the water surface, sink back together and start the ascent again. This synchronized behavior serves to deposit and fertilize their spawn in a channel between two abdomens.

    Closest relatives Perch family, lyrefish (over 190 species)
    Habitat Lagoons and reefs up to 18 meters deep, near sandy or muddy ground
    Behaviour diurnal
    Diet small invertebrates
    Body length 5 cm, males up to 8 cm
    Spawn Mating ritual takes place at dusk, spawn is free-drifting and is not guarded
    Use fishkeeping
    Current status unknown

    geographic range

    Verbreitungskarte Mandarinfisch


    A. Widmer, Lenzburg
    K. Hürzeler, Urdorf
    Q. Gindrat, Winterthur
    Ch. Arnold, Uster