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Typical fish-shaped: small < 5cm


Juvenile mullet
Family Mugilidae

Chequered cardinalfish
Ostorhinchus
margaritophorus

Three-spot damselfish
Pomacentrus tripunctatus

Banded perch
Terapon theraps

Whitespot
Aplocheilus panchax
1-2cm, up to 4cm. Body cylindrical with broad flat head. Two dorsal fins far apart. Silvery with stripes and spots. Often seen on many of our shores.
3-4cm long. White and reddish stripes on sides forming chequered pattern. In pools near seagrasses and coral rubble. Sometimes seen on some of our shores.
2-3cm. Juvenile with electric blue stripes on nose and ringed dark spot on dorsal fin and base of tail. Living reefs. Sometimes seen on our Northern shores. 2-3cm. Juvenile with black-and-white stripes on body and tail. Sometimes seen near reefs.
Up to 6cm. Slender silvery with a shiny white spot at the top of its head. A dark spot on its dorsal fin. Sometimes seen in our mangrove streams.

Brown shore goby
Drombus triangularis

Shadow goby
Acentrogobius
nebulosus

Green-shouldered goby
Acentrogobius
caninus

Black-spotted
lagoon goby

Istigobius goldmanni

Java fatnose goby
Pseudogobius javanicus
3-5cm. 'Chubby face', small eyes. Sandy pools. Sometimes seen on some of our shores.
4-6cm. Large eyes, three dark brown blotches on the side of the body. Mangroves, seagrass, coral rubble, also near reefs. Commonly seen on many of our shores.
4-6cm. Large eyes, three dark brown blotches on the side of the body. Mangroves, seagrass, coral rubble, also near reefs. Commonly seen on many of our shores.
4-5cm. Pale body with pairs of close-set round black spots along the body. Reefs and rubble. Sometimes seen on our shores.
3-4cm, to 6cm. Bulbous snout, transparent body densely mottled, black bar under first dorsal fin, black blotch at rear of first dorsal fin. Commonly seen in our mangroves.

Mangrove
bumblebee goby

Brachygobius kabiliensis

Grey knight-goby
Stigmatogobius
sadanundio
     
About 1.5 cm. Fat, short, stout with black and yellow bands. Sometimes seen in our mangroves.
To about 6cm. Pearly grey with 3-4 rows of small round black spots on the sides. Sometimes seen in our mangroves.
     

Orbicular cardinalfish
Sphaeramia
orbicularis

Black cardinalfish
Apogonichthyoides melas

Candystripe cardinalfish
Ostorhinchus
endekataenia

Silverside
Atherinomorus
duodecimalis

Longspined waspfish
Paracentropogon
longispinis
6cm, to 11cm. Dark bar across middle of body. Near reefs. Sometimes seen on our Southern shores.
2-4cm, to 10cm long. Dark coloured with and rounded fins. Distinguished by a pale-edged dark spot at the base of the second dorsal fin. Sometimes seen near reefs.
5-7cm. 6 red or brown lines on a pale body with a large black spot at the base of the tail fin. Coral rubble and reefs. Sometimes seen on our Southern shores.
3-6cm. Streamlined body, silvery. Near living reefs. Commonly seen on our many of our shores.
5-7cm. Dorsal fin begins above eyes and dorsal fin membranes are incised. A pair of large backward pointing spines above mouth. Coral rubble and seagrasses. Commonly seen on some of our shores.

Bengal sergeant
Abudefduf
bengalensis

Yellow-banded damsel Dischistodus fasciatus

Vermiculated angelfish
Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus
   
4-6cm, to 14cm. With 6-7 black narrow bars across a yellowish body. Tail no horizontal bars and has rounded lobes. Coral rubble near reefs. Sometimes seen on our Southern shores. 4-6cm, to 11cm. With 4 thick yellow bars and 5 thick black bars across the body. Near living reefs. Sometimes seen on our Southern shores. Juvenile bluish-black with white and blue narrow bars on the sides. Seldom seen on the intertidal.    
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