rather plump halfbeak with dark bars on the sides of its body
is sometimes seen near reefs.
Features: Those seen about 20cm, can grow to 40cm long. Body long,
cylindrical and plump. It has a forked tail, upper lobe of the tail
is yellowish and shorter than the lower lobe. 3 to 9 short black
bars on the side of the body. Lower jaw elongated but not very long
compared to the body. The tip of the lower jaw may be reddish.
It breeds in estuaries.
does it eat? The adults feed on seagrasses and to a lesser
extent, green seaweeds and diatoms.
Human uses: Considered
tasty, it is marketed fresh and dried.
Tanah Merah, Dec 09
Sultan Shoal Lighthouse, Jan 11
|Black-barred halfbeaks on Singapore shores