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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Terapontidae
Trumpeter perch
Pelates quadrilineatus
Family Terapontidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This silvery fish with a dot-dash pattern is sometimes seen on our Northern shores among seagrasses.

Features: About 8cm, up to 30cm. Adults have a silvery body with 4-6 dark horizontal lines, a black blotch behind the head and below the start of the dorsal fin and another in front of the dorsal fin. Tail fin pale or dusky without lines. Often seen in schools in brackish waters and estuaries. It croaks when taken out of water, thus its common name.

Juveniles have 6-7 greyish vertical bars across the horizontal lines.

What does it eat? It eats small fishes and other invertebrates.

Chek Jawa, May 03

Kusu Island, Sep 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Changi, Jul 08

Trumpeter perch on Singapore shores

Photos of Trumpeter perch for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Berlayar Creek, Oct 15
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

  • Wee Y.C. and Peter K. L. Ng. 1994. A First Look at Biodiversity in Singapore. National Council on the Environment. 163pp.
  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Kuiter, Rudie H. 2002. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers & Fishermen New Holland Publishers. 434pp.
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