Mangrove Dragonet, Paradiplogrammus enneactis (Bleeker 1879)

Other Names: Common Dragonet

Mangrove Dragonet, Paradiplogrammus enneactis, at Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A mosaic-patterned dragonet with a large black ocellus between 3rd and 4th dorsal-fin spines, a barred pattern below the cheek, dark saddles along the body, and dark markings on the anal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Paradiplogrammus enneactis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Jan 2020,

Mangrove Dragonet, Paradiplogrammus enneactis (Bleeker 1879)

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Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, to at least One Tree Island, Queensland, and possibly south to Moreton Bay. Elsewhere the species occurs in the western-central Pacific.
Inhabits sandy, rubble and muddy areas among mangroves in brackish estuaries, and coral reef lagoons to a depth of 15 m.


Dorsal fin IV, 8; Anal fin 7.

Species Citation

Callionymus enneactis Bleeker 1879, Verslagen en Mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen Amsterdam 2 14: 95. Type locality: Singapore.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Mangrove Dragonet, Paradiplogrammus enneactis (Bleeker 1879)


Bleeker, P. 1879. Révision des espèces insulindiennes de la famille des Callionymoides. Verslagen en Mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen Amsterdam 2 14: 79-107 

Fricke, R. 1982. Nominal genera and species of dragonets (Teleostei: Callionymidae, Draconettidae). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "Giacomo Doria", Genova 84: 53-92 (as Callionymus (Paradiplogrammus) enneactis)

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 Callionymus (Callionymus) enneactis)

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 

Hutchins, J.B. 1997. Checklist of fishes of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. pp. 239-253 in Wells, F. (ed.) The Marine Fauna and Flora of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum. (as Callionymus enneactis)

Johnson, C.R. 1971. Revision of the callionymid fishes referable to the genus Callionymus from Australian waters. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 16(1): 103-140 figs 1-26 

Jordan, D.S. & Fowler, H.W. 1903. A review of the dragonets (Callionymidae) and related fishes of the waters of Japan. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25(1305): 939-959 (as Callionymus calliste)

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

Nakabo, T. 1984. A new species of the genus Paradiplogrammus (Callionymidae) from the western Pacific. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 31(2): 150-155 figs 1-4 (as Paradiplogrammus parvus)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. (as Callionymus enneactis)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37427018

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Mangroves, reefs

Max Size:8 cm TL

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