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  Dermogenys collettei
  Family Name : Hemiramphidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Fish)

  Common Names : Malayan Pygmy Halfbeak

 
Malayan Pygmy Halfbeak
  • Description
    • Size :
      6 cm
      Description :
      Light grey coloured slender body with a highly elongated and protruding lower jaw than upper jaw. Males have a duller colour and a red blotch on the dorsal fin. The dorsal fin is positioned posterior to that of the anal fin in both males and females. Females are usually bigger than males.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Gives birth to live young. Males have an anal fin that is modified, called an aphrodium, which assists in fertilizing the female. Can usually be found at the surface of the water, feeding on insects. Prefers forest, open streams and ponds.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Freshwater, Pond
      Distribution :
      Widely distributed in Singapore, can be found in the Central Nature Reserves and Western Catchment Area. Worldwide, it can be found in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
      Nature Reserves :
      Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Conservation Status :
      Common
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2012. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Ho, J.K.I., Ramchunder, S.J., Theng, M., Memory, A., Li, T., Clews, E., Cai, Y.X., Tan, H.H and Yeo, D.C.J.. 2016. A Guide to the Freshwater Faun of Nee Soon Swamp Forest. Singapore: Lee kong Chian Natural History Museum & Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore. 139pp 

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