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Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus

Family Pomacentridae
updated Sep 2020
Where seen? This distinctive fish is sometimes seen on our coral reefs. Elsewhere, it is found near reefs and rocky shores, often forming schools.

Features: To 17-22cm, those seen about 15cm. It is identified by the black horizontal stripes on the pointed tail fins so the tail resembles scissors. Like other sergeants, it has 4-5 broad black bars across a yellowish body. More on how to tell apart sergeants.

Tanah Merah, Apr 11

Sisters Island, Jan 10
What does it eat? It feeds on tiny zooplankton and algae.

Scissortail sergeants on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr



  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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