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  Macrognathus maculatus (Valenciennes, 1831)
  Family Name : Mastacembelidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Fish)

  Common Names : Buff-backed Spiny Eel

Buff-backed Spiny Eel
  • Description
    • Description :
      Body very elongate; snout protruding and fleshy; dorsal, ventral and caudal fins confluent; dorsum with a row of short spines. Body mottled brown with a buff stripe over the entire dorsum.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Shaded forest streams with acific water and dense growths of submerged vegetation and leaf litter beds. This carnivorous fish tends to hide among vegetation.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Freshwater
      Distribution :
      In Singapore, known only from one small area of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
      Nature Reserves :
      Central Catchment Nature Reserve
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Mainly habitat degradation.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      Sometimes seen in the aquarium trade.
      Conservation Notes :
      Continued protection of its natural habitat in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve from human impacts, and strict policing against illegal collecting.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Conservation Status :
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Critically Endangered (CR)
  • References
    • Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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