Leiognathus leuciscus [Status Unaccepted]   (Gunther,  1860) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 12-13.5 cm.

Color: Silvery, black dotted with brownish, upper jaw brown, axil of pectoral minutely dotted with black.

Rather oblong, its height three times in total length (2 3/4 to 2 4/5 without caudal), head 4 4/5 in total (3 1/2 to 3 5/6 without caudal). Dorsal profile somewhat more convex than ventral. Eye thrice in head, equal to snout, which is somewhat produced, obtusely conical, both its profiles straight, the lower being more oblique. The width of the interorbital space equals the length of the eye. The groove between the orbitals is broadest anteriorly, and becomes narrow posteriorly, it is 1 1/2 as long as wide. There are no spine above the eye. The angle of the praeoperculum is somewhat obtuse, the lower limb having an oblique direction, its lower margin very indistinctly serrated. Scales small, cycloid and deciduous, lateral line slightly curved, and continued to caudal fin. The dorsal fin beings immediately behind the vertical from the base of the ventrals, the second spine is very long, filiform, and extends beyond the middle of the soft portion, the third spine also is elongate, but only one-half the length of the preceding. The caudal is forked, and its length is one-fifth of the total. The anal commences vertically below the eighth dorsal spine, its second spine is flexible, and less than one-half the length of the second of the dorsal. The pectoral is short, Obtusely pointed, its length is one-eighth of the total. The ventral is inserted behind the pectoral, and is composed of a rather stout spine and five rays, its length is contained ten times and a half in the total.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Equula leuciscus Gunther, 1860
Equulites novaehollandiae (Munro, 1967)
Leiognathus leuciscus Bleeker, 1865
Equula leuciscus Meyer, 1885
Leiognathus leuciscus Jordan and Seale, 1905
Leiognathus leuciscus Jordan and Seale, 1905
Leiognathus leuciscus Fowler and Bean, 1922

Common Name (s)
• Whipfin Ponyfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or dried, also used to be fish meal for duck and chicken food)

Habitat:  Benthic
Prey:  Crustaceans and polychaetes


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
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