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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Terapontidae
Crescent perch
Terapon jarbua
Family Terapontidae
updated Oct 2016

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.

Sentosa, Sep 04

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, Jun 06

Tiny juveniles.
Labrador, Mar 07

Crescent perch on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Changi, Feb 15
Photo shared by Lena Chow on facebook.

Punggol, Jun 18
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

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

East Coast Park, Jun 15

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Tanah Merah, Jul 10

Photo shared by Marcus Ng on his flickr.

Pulau Tekukor, Jun 16

Photo shared by Geraldine Lee on facebook.

St Johns Island, Apr 16

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Kusu Island, Jan 24

Photo shared by Liz Lim on facebook.

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  • Lim, S., P. Ng, L. Tan, & W. Y. Chin, 1994. Rhythm of the Sea: The Life and Times of Labrador Beach. Division of Biology, School of Science, Nanyang Technological University & Department of Zoology, the National University of Singapore. 160 pp.
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