Spotted scat

Characteristics

  • Prefers turbid water. Juveniles live in brackish waters and mangrove areas.
  • Omnivorous. Feeds on benthic organisms and algae, as well as human faeces.
  • Spines can cause painful wounds.
  • In the coastal areas of South China, the breeding season of this species is from April to August.
  • In India, most males and females mature at around 120.5 mm and 140.5 mm (Total Length) respectively.

Description

Adult:
  • Body pentagonal. May appear pale greenish-yellow dorsally. Silvery overall.
  • Numerous dark spots on body. Number of spots increases with age.
Juvenile:
  • Body darker than in adults, with dark orange markings on back and between the eyes.
  • Several vertical black bars on the body, which may appear faded.

Common Name: Spotted scat

Family Common Name: Scats

Scientific Name: Scatophagus argus___(Linnaeus, 1766)

Maximum Length: 38 cm (Total Length)