Sidespotted Dragonet, Pseudocalliurichthys pleurostictus (Fricke 1982)

Other Names: Blue-spotted Ruddertail Dragonet, Spotted Dragonet

A female Sidespotted Dragonet, Pseudocalliurichthys pleurostictus, at Mabini Luzon Philippines. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A yellowish-tan marbled dragonet becoming white below, with a row of large irregular brown blotches or saddles along the back, a row of 8-10 large brown blotches along the midside, blue spots on the head, and 2-3 rows of blue spots along the side below the lateral line.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Pseudocalliurichthys pleurostictus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Feb 2024,

Sidespotted Dragonet, Pseudocalliurichthys pleurostictus (Fricke 1982)

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Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, to the southern Great Barrier Reef Queensland, and refs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical  west Pacific at depths to 42 m (usually 1-22 m).
Inhabits sandy areas, sometimes adjacent to reefs.


Dorsal fin IV + 7-8; Anal fin 7; Pectoral fin 15-21.
Preopercular spine straight, elongate, with an antrorse spine at base, and 7–14 small antrorse serrae on the dorsal margin.


The specific name pleurostictus is from the Greek pleura (= side, rib) and the Latin stictus (= spot), in reference to the three rows of small dark spots along the side below the lateral line.

Species Citation

Callionymus pleurostictus Fricke 1982, Journal of Natural History 16(1): 138, figs 7-8. Type locality: Bay of Nhatrang, Vietnam, Gulf of Thailand. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Sidespotted Dragonet, Pseudocalliurichthys pleurostictus (Fricke 1982)


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Fricke, R. 1982. New species of the genus Callionymus, with a revision of the variegatus–group of that genus (Teleostei : Callionymidae). Journal of Natural History 16(1): 127-146

Fricke, R. 1983. Revision of the Indo-Pacific genera and species of the dragonet family Callionymidae (Teleostei). Theses Zoologicae 3: 1-774 figs 1-212 

Fricke, R. 2000. Callionymidae of New Caledonia, with remarks on related species and descriptions of 10 new species from New Caledonia, Australia, New Guinea, and Hawaii (Teleostei). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) 617: 1-81 figs 1-35 

Fricke, R. 2002. Annotated checklist of the dragonet families Callionymidae and Draconettidae (Teleostei: Callionymoidei), with comments on callionymid fish classification. Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) 645: 1-103

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293 

Nakabo, T. & Hayashi, M. 1991. New record of Pseudocalliurichthys pleurostictus (Callionymidae) from Amani Oshima, Japan. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 38(1): 73-76

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37427021

Depth:0-42 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:5.2 cm TL

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