Drepane punctata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Spotted sicklefish
photo by Chua, E.

Family:  Drepaneidae (Sicklefishes)
Max. size:  50 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range 10 - 49 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: temperate and tropical waters from India to northern Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-22; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 17-19. Color generally silvery with greenish tinge above. Pectoral fins long and pointed. Similar to D. longimana but differs in having 4 - 11 vertical gray spots on the upper half of the sides, and generally 8 dorsal spines (against none (spots) and generally 9 spines in D. longimana).
Biology:  Occurs in various inshore habitats: sand or mud bottoms, reefs, estuaries and harbors (Ref. 9800). Found near coral and rock reefs at temperatures ranging from 26° to 29°C. Feeds on invertebrates and benthic fishes (Ref. 5213). Generally marketed fresh (Ref. 5284).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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