Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Vertebrates: Fish
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
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Mid-water fishes

close-up of spotted scat Spotted scat
Scatophagus argus
Family Scatophagidae
up to 30 cm
The midwater dwelling Spotted scat is common in estuarine waters. The row of spines on the first dorsal fin are believed to contain venom, and can inflict painful wounds if handled carelessly.

close-up of silver moony Silver moony
Monodactylus argenteus
Family Monodactylidae
up to 20 cm
The Silver moony has a laterally-flattened body not unlike that of an angelfish. It is commonly sold as an aquarium fish.

close-up of mangrove cardinalfish Mangrove cardinalfish
Apogon hyalosoma
Family Apogonidae
up to 20 cm
Groups of the Mangrove cardinalfish cain be observed among submerged mangrove roots, or along sluice gates of prawn ponds.

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About Mangroves
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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