Animal Species:Crescent Grunter, Terapon jarbua (Forsskål, 1775)
The Crescent Grunter can be identified by curved stripes on the body and across the tail. The species occurs in shallow coastal waters, mangroves and freshwaters.
Crescent Perch, Spiky Trumpeter
The Crescent Grunter can be recognised by the curved stripes on the body. There are stripes across the tail and a large blotch on the first dorsal fin.
The species grows to 25 cm in length.
In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the north of the country and south to the southern coast of New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The species occurs in shallow coastal waters, mangroves and freshwaters. It is found in tropical and warm temperate waters of the Indo-west Pacific.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
- Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J, & G.G. Leyland. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of northern and north-western Australia. An illustrated Guide. CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research. Pp. 375.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Crescent Grunter, Terapon jarbua, Terapontidae, Crescent Perch, Spiky Trumpeter, stripes or bands, coastal water, mangroves, freshwater, 10 cm - 30 cm, tropical water, temperate water, shallow water,