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Typical fish-shaped: medium 5-10cm

Ornate lagoon-goby
Istigobius ornatus

Frill-fin goby
Bathygobius sp.

Freckled goatfish
Upeneus tragula
   
8-10cm. Bulbous snout, 2 rows of deep blue spots on the lower sides. Coral rubble, near seagrasses and reefs. Commonly seen on many of our shores.
7cm. Bulging cheeks, pattern of small white spots regularly spaced its face and in rows along body, with dark blotches and saddles.. Rocky shores and reefs. Sometimes seen on some of our shores.
4-8cm. With a pair of barbels under the chin (difficult to spot), various body patterns and colours. Sandy, silty areas near seagrasses. Sometimes seen on some of our shores.    

Brown-stripe wrasse
Halichoeres bicolor

Diamond tuskfish
Halichoeres dussumieri

Mural glider-goby
Valenciennea muralis

Head-stripe goby
Amblygobius
stethophthalmus

Harlequin sweetlips
Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides
6-8cm, to 13cm. Two dark brown stripes along the side. Near reefs. Sometimes seen on some of our shores. 5-8cm, to 16cm. Usually colourful: greenish with red and blue markings. Coral rubble near seagrasses. Commonly seen on many of our shores.
6-10cm. Two bright orange stripes. Near reefs. Sometimes seen on our shores.
6-8cm. Bright and colourful markings especially on the head. Coral rubble near reefs. Sometimes seen on our shores.
10cm. Juveniles brown with large white spots. swims head down in a 'drunken' dance. Sometimes seen on our shores.

Kops' glass perchlet
Ambassis kopsii

Common mojarra
Gerres oyena

Cresent perch
Terapon jarbua

Trumpeter perch
Pelates quadrilineatus

Sand whiting
Family Sillaganidae
5-8cm, to 10cm. Body silvery almost transparent. Dorsal fin notched with black tip. In pools near seagrass and coral rubble. Sometimes seen on some of our shores.
5-10cm, to 25cm. Body slender, long and silvery. Dorsal fin not notched, with black tip. Juveniles have 7-8 dusky diagonal bars. Sandy areas near seagrasses, rubble or reefs. Often seen on many of our shores.
2-3cm, to 30cm. Three curved blackish stripes on the sides and a striped tail fin. Near reefs. Sometimes seen on some of our shores. 8cm, grows to 30cm. Silvery with 4-6 dark horizontal lines. Tail fin pale or dusky. Among seagrasses. Sometimes seen on our Northern shores.
6-8cm, grows to 30cm. Long, slender silvery with large eyes; small, sharp mouth. Sandy areas near reefs. Commonly seen on many of our shores.

Bengal sergeant
Abudefduf
bengalensis

Black-spot sergeant
Abudefduf
sordidus

Yellow-banded damsel Dischistodus fasciatus

Yellow-banded damsel Dischistodus fasciatus

Honey-head damselfish
Dischistodus prosopotaenia
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. About 8cm, to 23cm. With 6 dark bars, black spot at base of tail. Near reefs. Seen once on Sisters Island. 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.   2cm, to 20cm. Juveniles with a white body, two broad honey brown bars and a large gold-margined black spot on the dorsal fin.Living reefs. Sometimes seen on our Southern shores.

Three-spot damselfish
Pomacentrus tripunctatus
       
12-15cm, to 20cm. Juvenile with electric blue stripes on nose and ringed dark spot on dorsal fin and base of tail. Commonly seen on our reefs.        
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