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A marine fish which often lies partly buried in the seabed. The male is brightly coloured.
- ‘Snake eels, blue-ribbon eels, exotic dragonets, inimicus scorpionfish, stonefish, seahorses and a host of other well-camouflaged species will slowly reveal themselves.’
- ‘The slates cover much of the scene, and again the beasties have taken advantage: goldsinny, dragonets, butterfish.’
- ‘We found a multitude of interesting subjects - flying gurnards and dragonets, strange octopuses and rainbow coloured nudibranchs, and even several different kinds of frogfish.’
- ‘The most common are dragonets, topknots, dabs, plaice and, if you're lucky, the occasional anglerfish and thornback ray.’
- ‘We see an angler fish within a minute of reaching the bottom, many tompots under the plating, and wrasse and dragonets in the coarse sand to the landward side of the wreck.’
- ‘Scorpion fish, butterfish, scallops, prawns, peacock worms, cuttlefish and dragonets all go about their business among the many stationary species of aquatic life.’
- ‘As we slipped down a steep incline, shafts of sunlight bounced around us and colourful dragonets and little gobies darted along the sandy bottom.’
- ‘Swimming onto the heavy granite sand, you will find dragonets, plaice and wandering hermit crabs.’
- ‘We found pygmy and full-sized seahorses, flying gurnards with their comically large pectoral fins, rare juvenile finger dragonets with bright blue anal fins, and a trio of spectacular yellow and white harlequin ghost pipefish.’
- ‘Ballan wrasse, dragonets, scorpionfish, butterfish and topknots (common and Norwegian) all occur frequently.’
- ‘These psychedelic leftovers from the '60s are part of the dragonet fish family and range in size from 3 to 7cm.’
- ‘The muddy terrain seaward of the wreck is fertile ground for scallops, dragonets and some of the biggest long-clawed squat lobsters I have seen.’
- ‘At the base of the cliff, common shrimp and dragonets were feeding off the clean white sand.’
- ‘The mud is home to many creatures, and if you are lucky you might come across a dragonet.’
- ‘My X-ray-eyed buddy Gary spotted a dragonet partly buried in the mud; a butterfish lived up to its name by making a rapid departure.’
- ‘The Mandarin Dragonet can simply not be confused with any other fish.’
- ‘Coral snake eels peered out from tubular burrows, and a fingered dragonet tried to intimidate its own reflection on my camera dome port with a series of switchblade-like actions of its dorsal fin.’
Middle English (denoting a small dragon): from Old French, diminutive of dragon ‘dragon’.
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