Gazza minuta (Bloch, 1795)
Gazza minuta
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Leiognathidae (Slimys, slipmouths, or ponyfishes)
Max. size:  21 cm FL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 10 - 110 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and the east African coast (30° to about 50°S) to Australia and Tahiti, north to the Ryukyu Islands (Ref. 27956).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Description: Body silvery with vermiculations irregular yellow on dorsal side up to midlateral; dorsal, pectoral and pelvic fins colorless; dorsal fin spinous membrane margin black; anal fin anterior yellow. Nuchal spine on nape. Mouth pointing forward when protracted. Head and breast scaleless. Scales minute. Body depth max 2.0-2.5 in SL. (Ref. 2108, 90102)
Biology:  Found in shallow inshore coastal waters over silty bottoms (Ref. 30573, 90102). Young enters mangrove estuaries or silty reef areas (Ref. 4833, 90102). Searches for prey using a protruding pipette-like mouth or by sieving potential food through their gill rakers (Ref. 26569). Feeds on small fishes, shrimps, other crustaceans, and polychaetes. Sold fresh and dried salted; also made into fishmeal.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 July 2016 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 20.06.91
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 04.04.18
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 02.02.97

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