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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes
Drepane sp.

Family Drepaneidae
updated Sep 2020
Where seen? A juvenile was seen once at Tanah Merah. Adults sometimes seen dead in mass fish death events or trapped in abandoned fish nets.

Features: Adults usually 25cm, to 45cm long. Flat rhomboid body silvery. Juvenile brown with a 'beard' under the chin.

Sometimes confused: Juveniles may be mistaken for Brown sweetlips.

Tanah Merah, Aug 13

Spotted sicklefish (Drepane punctata)
Adults were among those seen
during a mass fish death event.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Mar 15
What does it eat? It eats bottom dwelling animals.

Human uses: It is sometimes sold fresh in local markets.

Sicklefishes on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Spotted sicklefish (Drepane punctata)
Adults removed from fish net
Chek Jawa, May 16
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on flickr.

Grateful thanks to Kelvin Lim K. P. for identifiying this fish.


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