The species is silvery, often brownish-green above and white below, found mostly in coastal waters near mangroves and is omnivorous.
The Silver Grunter has large eyes, a flat ventral profile and a large emarginate caudal fin. It has long dorsal and anal fin spines.
The species is silvery, often brownish-green above and white below. Juveniles are silver with four strong black stripes on the head and body. The stripes disappear with growth.
Adults are found mostly in coastal waters near mangroves. Juveniles enter estuaries and freshwaters.
The species occurs throughout much of the Western Pacific, including Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
In Australia it is known from the eastern coast and rivers of Cape York Peninsula, northern Queensland.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Ozcam map of Silver Grunter specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=mesopristes%20argenteus&zoom=off#mapView
Feeding and diet
It is an omnivorous species.
- Allen, G.R. 1991. Field Guide to The Freshwater Fishes of New Guinea. Christensen Research Institute. Pub. 9. Pp. 268.
- Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
- Grant, E.M. 1982. Guide to Fishes. The Department of Harbours and Marine, Brisbane, Queensland. Pp. 896.