Grunters Tarpons Needlefishes Halfbeaks Archerfish

SAND BASS Psammoperca waigiensis

ID: Slivery gray to brown; eyes have glassy appearance. Solitary or small groups; nocturnal. Often in dark recesses around weedy areas in 3 • 12 m.

Asian Pacific: Indonesia to Philippines. • China to N. Australia.

SILVER GRUNTER Mesopristes argenteus

ID: Silvery gray with white belly; white first spine on ventral and anal fins, yellow ins Smoll Juveniles • White with 4 or 5 black stripes and yellow fins. Solitary or form groups. Estuaries and stream mouths, occasionally near reefs to 3 m. Asian Pacific: Indonesia. Philippines, New Guinea and Solomon Is. to Cape York in N.E. Australia.

DIAMONDFISH Monodactyus argenteus

SEE: to 27 cm (10V< in.) Diamondfishes • Monodactylidae ID: Silver, dorsal and tail fins yellowish to yellow; round laterally compressed body with prominent triangular dorsal and anal fins. Form schools. Estuaries, harbors and silty inshore reefs to 10 m.

Indo - West Pacific: Red Sea and E. Africa to Mariana Is. in Micronesia. - S.W. Japan to Australia.

SIXFEELER THREADFIN Polydactyly sexfilis

ID: Silver; under-slung jaw, 6 elongate rays extend from lower pectoral fins. Rays extend to scour sand when feeding. Solitary or form small groups. Sand, mudflats and mangroves. Indo-Pacific: India to Micronesia. Hawaii and Pitcaim Is. east of French Polynesia. - S. Japan to Australia.

CRESCENT-BANDED GRUNTER Terapon jatbua

SEE: to 32 cm (13 in.) Grunters - Terapontidae

ID: Silvery with pattern of curved darkish bands on body; striped tail. Form schools. Estuaries, stream mouths and along sandy beaches in areas of brackish water in 20 - 290 m. Indo - West Pacific: Red Sea to Samoa. - S.W. Japan to Australia.

INDO-PACIFIC TARPON Megalops cyprinoides

ID: Silver; large prominent scales, pectoral fins low on body, ventral fins on belly below dorsal fin, deeply forked tail. Solitary or form small groups. Inner bays, river mouths and mangroves to 50 m.

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to N. Micronesia and French Polynesia. - S. Korea to S.E. Australia.

CROCODILE NEEDLEFISH Tylosuius ciocodilus

SIZE: to 150 cm (5 ft.) Needlefishes • Belonidae

ID: Silvery; extremely slender with elongate upper and lower ]aws and numerous needle-like teeth; forked tail with larger lower lobe and black keel on base. Solitary or form small groups. Near surface of lagoons and inshore reefs. Circumtropical.

KEELTAIL NEEDLEFISH Platybetone aigalus

SIZE: to 37 cm (15 in.) Needlefishes - Betomdae

ID: Silvery; extremely slender with elongate upper and iowa jaws; forked tail with lobes of nearly equal size and black keel on base. Solitary or small form groups. Near surface of lagoons and inshore reefs. Circumtropical.

REEF NEEDLEFISH Stiongylura incisa

SIZE: to 70 cm (2 '/< ft.) Needlefishes - Belonidae

ID: Silvery; extremely slender with elongate upper and lower jaws and numerous needle-like teeth; tail margin wavy with larger lower lobe; no keel on tail base. Solitary or form small groups. Near surface of lagoons and inshore reefs. Asian Pacific: S.W. Japan and Micronesia to Great Barrier Reef.

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