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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Terapontidae
Crescent perch
Terapon jarbua
Family Terapontidae
updated Dec 13

Where seen? This fish in pajamas is sometimes seen on some of our shores, usually in sandy areas near reefs with the incoming tide.

Features: Grows to 30cm, tiny ones 2-3cm long are sometimes seen in small groups in pools on the intertidal. It has three blackish stripes on the sides that curve above the eyes, and a tail fin striped black and white, with a large black blotch on the dorsal fin. Usually found over shallow sandy bottoms near river mouths. Also goes upriver and estuaries. Adults spawn in the sea and juveniles migrate into freshwater.

What does it eat? It eats fishes, insects, seaweeds and other small animals living in the sand.

Human uses: In some places, it is a marketed fish, sold fresh, dried or salted.


Sentosa, Sep 04


Tiny juveniles.
Labrador, Mar 07

East Coast, Jun 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Tanah Merah, Jul 10

Photo shared by Marcus Ng on his flickr.

Sentosa, Jun 06

Crescent perch on Singapore shores
Photos for free download from wildsingapore flickr

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