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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Terapontidae
Trumpeter perch
Pelates quadrilineatus
Family Terapontidae
updated Oct 2020

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

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.

Chek Jawa, Apr 03

Changi, Jul 08
What does it eat? It eats small fishes and other invertebrates

Trumpeter perch on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Aug 20
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Changi Lost Coast, Jun 22
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

Chek Jawa, May 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

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

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

  • 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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