Callionymus beniteguri Jordan & Snyder, 1900
Whitespotted dragonet
photo by Suzuki, T.

Family:  Callionymidae (Dragonets)
Max. size:  16 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: central Japan and the East China Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 4-4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 8-9. Preopercular spine short. In male, 1st and 2nd dorsal spines elongate and filamentous; anal fin membrane with many dark oblique lines. In the female, the posterior half of the 1st dorsal fin black. In the female and young male, marbled brown-colored area on lateral side of body rimmed with many small white circles. Attains 16 cm SL.
Biology:  Inhabits sand and mud bottoms in coastal areas.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 10.05.95
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.02.14

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