seen? Those on this page were photographed at the Sungei
Buloh Wetland Reserve aquarium.They are sometimes seen in our mangroves.
Features: Grows to
about 14cm, those seen 3-6cm. It has a green back with black spots.
The tail fin has dark bars. Found in freshwater streams and brackish
coastal areas including estuaries, alone or in small groups.
What does it eat? It eats molluscs,
crustaceans and other invertebrates as well as some plants.
Human uses: These fishes are sometimes taken for the live
aquarium trade, although they can be aggressive towards tankmates
and are not recommended for home aquariums. It is said that they may
eat the scales and fins of other fishes. They are also used as bait.
Status and threats: Our pufferfishes
are not listed as among the threatened animals of Singapore. However,
like other creatures of the intertidal zone, they are affected by
human activities such as reclamation and pollution. Over-collection
can also have an impact on local populations.
Wetland Reserve, Feb 05
green pufferfishes in Singapore
East Coast-Marina Bay, Oct 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.