Striped Whiptail

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The Striped Whiptail (Pentapodus trivittatus) is a tropical fish species that belongs to the family of fishes known as ‘Whiptails’ or ‘Coral Breams’ with the family name being Nemipteridae. Its distribution includes the waters of South-east Asia and can be found in Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. There are generally two white stripes that extend from the snout through the eye to the base of the tail fin (the caudal peduncle). The stripes in juveniles are darker than the adults as they fade with age. In adults the upper margin of the dorsal and tailfin is iridescent blue. There is also yellow colouration in the mid section of the body extending towards the tail. Adults are generally solitary however juveniles are often seen in small aggregations over sandy bottoms and seagrasses. This species prefers the sheltered waters of coastal and inner reefs and lagoons, harbours and embayments. The Striped Whiptail (Pentapodus trivittatus) grows to a maximum length of approximately 20cm.

Family: Nemipteridae

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