Callionymidae

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Callionymidae

 

a family of fishes of the order Percomor-phi. The body is elongated (up to 35 cm), scaleless, and brightly colored. The pelvic fins are located in front of the pectoral fins. The fishes have marked dimorphism. There are ten genera, comprising approximately 45 species, distributed in the coastal parts of seas of the temperate and tropical zones. The dragonet Cal-lionymus festivis is found in the USSR in the Black Sea. Fishes of this family spawn in the summer; the eggs are pelagic. These fishes feed on small invertebrates. Alarmed Callionymidae hide in the sand.

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Behavior patterns and sexual dimorphism in the spotted dragonet, Diplogrammus pauciradiatus (Pisces: Callionymidae).
On the breeding of the dragonet (Callionymus lyra) in the Marine Biological Association's aquarium at Plymouth; with a preliminary account of the elements, and some remarks on the significance of sexual dimorphism.
Maturation and spawning of the dragonet, Callionymus enneactis, in an aquarium.
Dragonets of the family Callionymidae are bottom-living fishes frequently found on sand, mud, or dead coral rubble.
Revision of genera of the dragonets (Pisces: Callionymidae).
Soles and dragonets actively selected areas of bioactive soft substrata, to which they are behaviorally and morphologically adapted.
It was not always possible to clearly separate gobies, Suffiogobius bibarbatus, from dragonets, Paracallionymus costatus, and all cases of ambiguity were eliminated (i.
A clear trend that differentiated the species was determined by PC1, which contrasted dragonets and soles with kingklip and false jacopever (Fig.