A Field Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore

Fish index (by name)
Fish families (by picture)
Parts of a fish
Kelvin K P Lim and Jeffrey K Y Low

'Anomalous' Fishes
This chapter highlights a selection of local marine fishes whose appearance, biology and habits are slightly different from that expected of fish in general. All the species are illustrated in this book. Just like whales were often mistaken for fish, many local fish species do not conform to our general impression of how they should look like. Common examples include the seahorses (Hippocampus spp.), the razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus) and the seamoths (Pegasus spp.). All have apparently segmented bodies and tubular mouths, and resemble insects. However, like any fish, they have gills, fins and backbones.

cartoon of mudskipper on branchThe amphibious Mudskippers (especially Periophthalmus and Periophthalmodon spp.) live largely on land, and may even appear to dislike being under water. However they cannot survive long periods away from water. A mudskipper extracts oxygen from water held in its mouth. This fish also breathes through its skin, and this it can only do if it stays wet at all times.
Coastal Marine Habitats
Fishy Trivia
Dangerous Fishes
Fishes and Man
About the guidebook
From A Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Jeffrey K Y Low
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

©Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre