Flora index
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guide to the mangroves of singapore
Vertebrates: Fish
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
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Introduced Fishes

Not all the fishes in our mangroves are indigenous to Southeast Asia.

close-up of tilapia Tilapia
Oreochromis mossambicus
Family Cichlidae
up to 40 cm
The Tilapia is one of the most familiar local fish, yet it originates from East Africa. It has managed to establish thriving populations in our estuarine areas.

two chromides nibbling on barnacles
Green chromide
feeding off a pillar
Green chromide
Etroplus suratensis
Family Adrianichthyidae
to over 30 cm

The Green chromide, an aquarium fish, is a native of India and Sri Lanka, and is found in the mangrove-lined estuaries along the Johor Straits.

close-up of green molly Green molly
Peocilia sphenops
Family Poeciliidae
up to 12 cm
The Green molly is native to Central America, but is abundant in brackish waters. Large numbers are collected and sold to feed predatory pet fish.

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From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre