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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Family Terapontidae
Banded perch
Terapon theraps
Family Terapontidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? Small juveniles are often seen near reefs in schools.

Features: Grows to 28cm, tiny ones 2-3cm long are sometimes seen in small groups near reefs. It has a tail fin striped black and white, a large prominent black blotch is on the dorsal fin, and about 4 broad blackish longitudinal stripes on sides that run through the eyes. Body colour dusky green above, white below. Juveniles dark brown or greenish with white-silvery spots or indistinct stripes.

Tanah Merah, Aug 11

Tanah Merah, Aug 11

Tanah Merah, Aug 09

Tanah Merah, Oct 09

Banded perch on Singapore shores

Photos of Banded perch for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Cyrene Reef, Jul 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

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