Amniataba percoides

Amniataba percoides

banded grunter juvenile

(Barred Grunter, Banded Grunter)

FAMILY

Terapontidae

Species

Amniataba percoides

Common name(s)

Barred Grunter, Banded Grunter

Main colour(s)

Silvery with dark vertical bands

Body size

Usually 10-12 cm long may be up to 20 cm long.

Campus

Townsville

Description

This fish is widespread in the tropics where it can be found in pools and in fast-flowing streams. It can be aggressive when confined to a small space. Males and females similar in size and appearance. The body is silvery-grey or even yellowish with vertical dark bands, some darker spots are scattered along either side between the bands. The fins are clear to yellowish, some brownish patches are present; lower lobe with a black edge. It is an omnivore, feeding mainly on aquatic and terrestrial insects, algae and aquatic weeds as well as snails and occasionally small fish.