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MANDARINFISH Marine Life Protection Coin Silverplated 1$ Palau 2013


This attractive coin from Palau features a multi-color images of Mandarinfish, it’s one of the most colorful creatures in the sea. The coin is part of a series celebrating "Marine Life Protection". As a flagship species the fascinating, colourful mandarinfish can raise public awareness and support for marine conservation.

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The Mandarinfish or Mandarin dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus), is a small, brightly colored member of the dragonet family, which is popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. The mandarinfish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to Australia.
Mandarinfish are reef dwellers, preferring sheltered lagoons and inshore reefs. While they are slow-moving and fairly common within their range, they are not easily seen due to their bottom-feeding habit and their small size (reaching only about 6 cm). They feed primarily on small crustaceans and other invertebrates.
Despite their popularity in the aquarium trade, mandarinfish are considered difficult to keep, as their feeding habits are very specific. Some fish never adapt to aquarium life, refusing to eat anything but live amphipods and copepods (as in the wild), though individuals that do acclimatize to aquarium food are considered to be quite hardy and highly resistant to diseases such as marine ich.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2013
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalCupronickel, Silver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The obverse depicts the splendid Mandarinfish with coral reef of the Pacific Ocean. The reverse shows the Palau State Coat of Arms.