Diamondfish (Monodactylus argenteus)

Also known as Butter Bream, Buttercream, Butterfish, Diamond Moonfish, Kitefish, Mono, Mono Fingerfish, Natal Moony, Sea Kite, Silver-and-Black Butterflyfish, Silver Batfish, Silver Mono, Silver Moonfish, Silver Moony, Silvery Moonfish, Silvery Moony, Singapore Angelfish

Description

Also known as Butter Bream, Buttercream, Butterfish, Diamond Moonfish, Kitefish, Mono, Mono Fingerfish, Natal Moony, Sea Kite, Silver-and-Black Butterflyfish, Silver Batfish, Silver Mono, Silver Moonfish, Silver Moony, Silvery Moonfish, Silvery Moony, Singapore Angelfish.

Found in schools, in both freshwater and silty waters, over bays, tidal creeks, mangrove estuaries, coastal reefs and lower reaches of streams. Highly territorial.
They feed on detritus and plankton.
Juveniles found singly or in small schools.
Length - 27cm
Depth - 0-10m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Unusually these compressed diamond shaped fish have scales on the Dorsal Fin and sometimes on the Anal Fin.
They live in salt water but can live in freshwater for extended periods. Ref: https://www.fishbase.org/summary/5807

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Diamondfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Diamondfish (Juvenile)

Diamondfish (Juvenile)

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