Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
South American, Africa, Asia. These are deep bodied, often laterally compressed fishes occurring in tropical freshwaters. They are often dubbed "leaf fishes" because most of them are cryptically coloured to resemble dead leaves.
Ikan Daun Kering,
Primarily freshwater fish; 7 cm; oviparous; carnivorous; solitary; near-bottom to bottom dweller. Indigenous, endangered. Forest streams and reservoirs.
This fish sometimes tries to mimic both in appearance and behaviour, a floating piece of dead leaf. This camouflage is very effective for ambushing small fishes as well as concealment against predators.
Fishes in Singapore
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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