Selenotoca multifasciata (Richardson, 1846)
Spotbanded scat
Selenotoca multifasciata
photo by Winterbottom, R.

Family:  Scatophagidae (Scats)
Max. size:  40 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 5 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Sulawesi, Indonesia to western and eastern Australia and New Caledonia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-16; Anal spines: 4-4; Anal soft rays: 15-16. Greenish or silvery; individuals greater than 4 cm SL with 7 to 12 narrow dark vertical bars on dorsal half of flanks and with spots, usually smaller than eye, more or less arranged in vertical rows in ventral half; lips black; posterior edge of caudal fin and soft portions of anal and dorsal fins with a narrow black margin which disappear in individuals larger than 6 cm SL (Ref. 43044).
Biology:  Found in coastal estuaries, river entrances and rock pools (Ref. 9002, 44894). Inhabits mangrove creeks and the lower reaches of freshwater streams (Ref. 44894). Anterolateral glandular groove with venom gland (Ref. 57406). Sometimes sold fresh in markets (Ref. 43044). Juveniles collected for the aquarium trade (Ref. 43044).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  venomous
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Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 12.08.94
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 09.06.15

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