The behavior of dragonets has been studied for only a few species and, for these, most effort has been directed toward reproductive behavior. Males utilize their longer first dorsal fins for displaying in both male-male aggressive encounters, and male-to-female social and courtship interactions. Male body color may also be utilized, especially during courtship.

Virtually nothing is known about the behavior of members of the Draconettidae. Their large eyes likely aid them in movement, feeding, social interactions, and reproductive behavior in deep demersal habitats. The dorsal fins of males may be utilized for signaling, but their effectiveness under dimly lit conditions remains to be demonstrated.

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