Leiognathus dussumieri   (Valenciennes,  1835) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 18-20 cm.

Color: Silvery on abdomen, brownish on back; no dark spots on snout, head or dorsal fin; faint dark bands across the lateral line. Fins yellowish (often blue-green due to settlement of algae which color becomes prominent on preservation in formalin). Sides of body with grey, wavy vertical lines descending from the back, perhaps fading away after death.

Moderately compressed, dorsal profile more convex than ventral, strongly elevated and curved behind occiput. Height 1.8-1.9 [2.2-2.3 with caudal] in length, head 3.4-3.7 [4-4.2]. Eye 3 in head, in young shorter, in old specimens about equal to blunt snout, somewhat shorter than interorbital space, which show a rhombic concavity, longer than broad, between the two smooth supraorbital ridges, each of which commences at the inner supraorbital spine, they converge posteriorly and are continued as outer borders of the crested nuchal spine, which is much longer than diameter of eye and curved according to curvature of back. Two rather strong spines above front border of eye. Commencement of gape of mouth below lower margin of eye, mouth when protracted, directed downwards, maxillary surpassing the vertical through front border of eye, mandible slightly concave. Praeoperculum with obtuse angle, its lower margin finely serrated. Teeth in a series in jaws and are small and numerous. Scales small, conspicuous, also on breast fully and conspicuously developed, on anterior part of body somewhat smaller than those of posterior part. Lateral line commencing with a concavity, than curved somewhat upwards and running, less convex than dorsal profile, to base of caudal, with about 60 sensory tubes. Second dorsal spine shorter than half height of body, the following spines rapidly decreasing in size, the third and fourth strongly serrated anteriorly at their base, second anal spine stronger, but conspicuously shorter than second dorsal, the third anal spine anteriorly strongly serrated at its base. Basal sheath of both fins, with hardly prominent blunt spines. Pectorals slightly longer than head without snout, ventrals nearly one third shorter, reaching anal, with a strong spine and a large scale-like axillary process. Caudal emarginate with rounded lobes. The snout is pointed. Occipital profile is a little concave and it rises to meet the dorsal profile. Nuchal spine elevated in middle. Two small spines present on head in a line with front border of eye. Protracted mouth points downwards. Scales well developed on breast. Dorsal and anal spines strong.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Equla dussumieri Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1835
Leiognathus dussumieri Munro, 1955
Equula dussumieri Valenciennes, 1835
(Senior synonym)
Leiognathus equulus (non Forsskal, 1775)
(Misapplied name)
Equula dussumieri Bleeker, 1853
Equula dussumieri Gunther, 1860
Equula dussumieri Kner, 1867
Equula dussumieri Playfair, 1868
Leiognathus dussumieri Bleeker, 1875
Equula dussumieri Day, 1888
Equula dussumieri Gunther, 1880
Equula dussumieri Sauvage, 1891
Equula dussumieri M. Weber, 1894
Leiognathus ensiferus Jordan and Richardson, 1908
Leiognathus dussumieri Seale and Bean, 1908
Equula dussumieri Pellegrin, 1914
Liognathus dussumieri Regan, 1920
Leiognathus dussumieri Fowler, 1928

Common Name (s)
• Dussumiers Ponyfish (English)
• Dussumieri's Ponyfish (English)
• Surukonam Karai (Tamil)
• Karah (Telugu)
• Tunka Chandee (Oriya)
• Veri Kare (Tamil)
• Karal
• Dussumier's Ponyfish
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or dried, also used to be fish meal for duck and chicken food)

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Zoobenthos, small crustaceans, foraminiferans, molluscs and nematodes


• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Goa, Marmagao Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin Bay INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel, Pulicat Lake INDIA (Record: 1997-1998)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Pondicherry, Karaikal (Lat: 10.26) (Long: 79.85) INDIA (Record: 01/2003-12/2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Depth: 20-40 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA

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