• Observed singly in Hong Kong, but usually observed to form schools near the water surface elsewhere.
  • Primarily herbivorous, but also feeds on detritus and small animals.
  • Can live to at least 15 years.
  • Various studies conducted in the Indo-Pacific region revealed that the species begins to mature at 60 cm (Total length).


  • Body silvery.
  • Single dorsal fin.
  • Caudal fin dark and forked.
  • Pelvic fins on mid body below dorsal fin.

Common Name: Milkfish

Family Common Name: Milkfishes

Family: Chanidae

Scientific Name: Chanos chanos___(Forsskål, 1775)

Genus: Chanos

Maximum Length: 180 cm (Standard Length)