Someone has dressed up! The mandarin fish attracts your attention especially through its colorful appearance. It is blue or turquoise with red or brown stripes, while the head is colored green or yellow.
The mandarin fish has no scales, but a firm and slimy skin, which stinks quite badly when the fish is exposed to fresh air. This slimy layer protects it from diseases and parasites.
The mandarin fish feels particularly well in protected lagoons and coastal reefs.