Western Dragonet, Pterosynchiropus occidentalis (Fricke 1983)

A striking pale brownish dragonet with large irregular dark spots edged in greenish-blue and orange rings, greenish-blue lines across the head and radiating from the eyes.
Video of a Western Dragonet in an aquarium

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Pterosynchiropus occidentalis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/4111

Western Dragonet, Pterosynchiropus occidentalis (Fricke 1983)

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Monte Bellos Islands northwards to the Timor Sea.

Similar Species

The Mandarinfish, Pterosynchiropus splendidus is brownish-orange with blue to bluish-green bands, bars and spots.

Species Citation

Synchiropus picturatus occidentalis Fricke 1983, Theses Zool. 3: 653, fig. 202. Type locality: Southeast of Elphik's Knob, northeastern end of Rosemary Island, Dampier Islands, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Western Dragonet, Pterosynchiropus occidentalis (Fricke 1983)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Synchiropus picturatus occidentalis)

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. (as Synchiropus picturatus occidentalis)

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 (as Synchiropus occidentalis)

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 Beitr├Ąge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) 617: 1-81 figs 1-35 (as Synchiropus (Pterosynchiropus) occidentalis)

Hutchins, J.B. 2003. Checklist of marine fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. pp. 453-478 in Wells, F.E., Walker, D.I., & Jones, D.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Eleventh International Marine Biological Workshop: The Marine Flora and Fauna of Dampier, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum.

Nakabo, T. 1982. Revision of genera of the dragonets (Pisces : Callionymidae). Publications of the Seto Marine Biological Laboratory 27(1/3): 77-131 figs 1-30

Swainston, R. 2011. Swainston's Fishes of Australia: The complete illustrated guide. Camberwell, Victoria : Penguin Australia 836 pp.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37427033

Depth:0-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7 cm TL


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