Silver Batfish

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The Silver Batfish (Monodactylus argenteus) is also commonly known as the ‘Silver Moody, Mono and Diamondfish’. It belongs to the ‘Silver Batfishes’ family Monodactylidae and it is known to occur through the Indo-western Pacific region. It can be found from the Red Sea and East Africa across to Samoa, north to Yaeyamas and down south to New Caledonia and Australia. It is also known to occur in the freshwater tidal zone of the Mekong delta in Vietnam. This species has a silver coloured body with yellow colouration on the tips of the dorsal and anal fins. It is a schooling fish species and it can be found on rocky reefs, coastal estuaries and in amongst mangroves. It also has the ability to tolerate freshwater and is known to feed on plankton and detritus. The Silver Batfish (Monodactylus argenteus) grows to a maximum length of approximately 25cm.

Family: Monodactylidae

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