First library of fish DNA from Singapore waters

(Clockwise from top left) The spotted-tail frogfish, the Indian mud moray eel, the whitecheek monocle bream and the papillose flathead.
(Clockwise from top left) The spotted-tail frogfish, the Indian mud moray eel, the whitecheek monocle bream and the papillose flathead.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE MARINE FISHES EXPEDITION TEAM 2019

Of the 500 species in the database, five were previously not reported in the Republic

Scientists here are gathering data on the schools of fish that live in the waters of Singapore, and the trove of information on these creatures will be curated for an online archive.

This "fish library" of more than 500 fish species residing in local waters will be made accessible to the public as early as mid-2021.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2019, with the headline 'First library of fish DNA from S'pore waters'. Print Edition | Subscribe