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.
Labrador, Mar 07
East Coast, Jun 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his
Tanah Merah, Jul 10
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on his
Sentosa, Jun 06
perch on Singapore shores
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to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers
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Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral
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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,
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