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Malayan Leaf Fish
   
   

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Order : Perciformes
Family : NANDIDAE
Species : Nandus nebulosus
Maximum Length : 12 cm

The Malayan Leaf Fish inhabits shallow forest pools, forest streams, swamps, bogs and larger water bodies including lakes and reservoirs.

This is a solitary species difficult to locate : its cryptic patterning, brown and fawn colour and body shape camouflage the fish effectively amongst leaf detritus, allowing it to snatch unwary prey such as small fishes.

The species ranges from Indochina and Thailand through Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to parts of Indonesia.


Figs 1 and 2 : A 4 cm specimen in the boggy, upper reaches of a shallow forest stream, Singapore.

Fig 3 : Dorsal view of a 1.5cm juvenile.


References : F1