field guide to the freshwater fishes of singapore

Index of fishes
General parts of a fish
Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
  Family Ambassidae
East coast of Africa, India, Asia, Australia. Most of these translucent fishes are found in brackish and seawater along the coast, but several regularly visit freshwaters. Some are able to live exclusively in this medium.

Genus Chanda
photo of spotted coolie loach: whole fish, side view
Normal Glass Fish
Photo: Tan Bee Hong

Glass Fish injected with dye
Photo: Yip Hoi Kee
Glass Fish
Chanda sp.
Ikan Seriding, Chermin, name in chinese characters

Euryhaline; 7 cm; oviparous; carnivorous; gregarious; pelagic. Introduced, uncommon. Rural ponds (?) and some reservoirs.

A good number of this favourite aquarium fish has been observed in the central catchment reservoirs, where they may have been deliberately introduced by an unknown source. Whether they will continue to thrive in this habitat is anybody's guess.
The transparency of this fish has lent itself to the unscrupulous (and cruel) practice of injecting coloured dyes into the tissue to artificially "enhance" its colours by some dealers. Most of these fishes do not live long, and the colour is not permanent.
Freshwater habitats
Fishes in Singapore
Amazing Fishy Facts
About the guidebook
From A Guide to Common Freshwater Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre