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The reticulated dragonet has a similar body shape to the common dragonet (Callionymus lyra) but tends to be much smaller, 8-10cm in length compared with 20-30cm. Both males and females have numerous pale blue spots on their sides and four dark saddle-like markings across the back. The saddle markings are surrounded by a clearly defined darker outline. This species is similar to the common dragonet (Callionymus lyra) but can be distinguished by the sharply defined outline surrounding the saddle markings on the back.


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Source: Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

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