Dactylopus kuiteri
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Sandy and muddy bottoms of sheltered bays. It is able to bury itself in sand, or walk on finger-like ventral fins during its search of food. Characteristics of this species are its large body size for dragonet and bright yellow and blue coloured tail, ventral and the two dorsal fins; its mouth is bright orange. Juveniles are with their white body and brightly coloured pattern sought after photography objects. Solitary or in pairs. As all dragonets, it can be observed mating during dusk. It can be confused with the fingered dragonet, which is about the same size and lives in the same habitat. Finger Dragonet lacks the vivid colouration on its fins.
Frequency of sightings:
Best time of year:
body up to 15 cm, upto 40 m deep
Divesites seen at:
Air Prang, Air Prang 2, Air Prang 3, Batu Merah, Batu Sandar, Critter Hunt, Hairball 1, Hairball 2, Hairball 3, Heynus, Jahir, Jahir 2, Jiko Yansi, Lembeh Resort House Reef, Madidir, Magic Crack, Magic Rock, Makawide, Makawide 2, Makawide 3, Nudi Falls, Nudi Retreat, Pantai Kecil, Pantai Parigi, Pintu Colada, Pintu Kota Besar (Seagrass), Pintu Kota Kecil, Police Pier, Police Pier 2, Pulau Abadi, Pulau Dua, Pulau Putus, Retak Larry (Larrys Crack), Serena West, Slow Poke, Tanjung Kubur, Tanjung kusu-kusu, Tanjung Tebal, TK 1, TK2, TK3
Taxonomical order of this critter:
Sand Dweller
Buttom dweller
- Fingered dragonet
- Mandarin fish
- Orange & black dragonet
- Picturesque dragonet
- Picturesque dragonet

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