17 February 2009

First record of some marine fishes in Singapore!

Some note-worthy fishes observed in the Singapore Straits are highlighted in a paper by J. K. Y. Low, Jani Isa Thuaibah Tanzil and Zeehan Jaafar posted today on the Nature in Singapore site of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.

Jeff, Jani and Zeehan highlight the first record of three fishes: the Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens), Janss' pipefish (Doryrhamphus janssi), Humphead bannerfish (Heniochus varius)!

Here is Jani's photo of the Janss' pipefishes which she saw at Pulau Jong in Oct 05. Read all about her discovery on her Blue Tempeh blog.


Here is Jeff's photo of the Humphead bannerfish which he saw at Sisters Island in Jul 08. Read all about his encounter on the Blue Water Volunteers blog.

They also wrote about two other rarely sighted fishes: the Polka-dot grouper (Cromileptes altivelis), the Banded goby (Amblygobius phalaena).

To see photos of all the fishes and read about them, download the paper "Some note-worthy fishes observed in the Singapore Straits". J. K. Y. Low, Jani Isa Thuaibah Tanzil and Zeehan Jaafar. [PDF, 554 KB]

Jeffrey Low also blogs on Compressed Air Junkie blog and the Blue Water Volunteers blog. He also has a wonderful set of coral guides on his flickr together with more photos of our marine life.

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