Most members of the Callionymidae are found on coral pavement, rubble, sand, mud, or on other soft bottoms. Some species occur exclusively in corals, tide pools, or among rocks; however, others may be found among algae-covered rocks on flats or shorelines, or mangrove roots in brackish water. The two species of the genus Bathycallionymus occur on deep flats. Members of the family occur within a depth range of less than 39 in (1 m) at low tide to over 1,312 ft (400 m). Little is known about the habitats of the Draconettidae. They may likely be found in rubble and sand or amongst rocks along deep-slope edges or on top of seamounts.

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