Common Dragonet

Creature Feature – Dragonet

This week is the letter ‘D’, and today’s featured creature is the Dragonet.

There are almost 150 species of dragonet worldwide, with the common dragonet the most common species found here in UK waters. Common dragonets are often confused with gobies. 

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Order: Callionymiformes

Family: Callionymidae

Genus: Callionymus

Common Dragonet Fact File

? Size: Individuals can reach up to 30cm in length and weight up to 180g

? Distribution::This species can be found residing over sandy or muddy seabeds, usually in water down to 50m across the UK and Europe

? Diet: A scavenger, they feed on a wide range of small crustaceans and marine worms

? Behaviour: Dragonets are scaleless. The males may be brightly coloured once sexually mature, in contrast to the usually drab females. Male common dragonets are territorial and they aggressively defend their territories from other males

? IUCN Status: Least Concern. There are no known major threats, however they are of some importance to local fisheries and can be taken as bycatch