17 Feb '12, 5am

Wild Shores of Singapore: Dragonets of Singapore sorted out, with a new record! by @wildsingapore

Wild Shores of Singapore: Dragonets of Singapore sorted out, with a new record! by @wildsingapore

Previously known only from the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Mannar (Fricke, 2002), it is recorded from Singapore waters for the first time here. As it has not been previously recorded from this part of the world, its presence in Singapore might possibly have been from introductions via the discharge of ballast water from commercial shipping (R. Fricke, pers. comm.). As the first specimen from Singapore was obtained in 1968, this may represent an early introduction that has remained undetected. However, it is also possible that the species is native to the region, but had been overlooked as the marine fish fauna of Singapore has not been sampled adequately. This is also supported by the fact that other callionymid species (e.g., Callionymus hindsii ) are known to have a similar distribution. Therefore, without evidence from more extensive surveys throughout the region, it i...

Full article: http://wildshores.blogspot.com/2012/02/dragonets-of-singa...

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