Photopectoralis bindus (Valenciennes, 1835)
Orangefin ponyfish
Photopectoralis bindus
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Leiognathidae (Slimys, slipmouths, or ponyfishes)
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 2 - 160 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Port Sudan in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf to Japan, the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819), and Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-17; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 14-14. Description: Body silvery, dorsal with vermiculations short and dark; snout with a dark band; dorsal and anal fins with orange tips; dorsal fin spinous portion with thick orange margin from 2nd to 6th spines. Head naked, with nuchal spine; mouth protrusible pointing forward to slightly downward. Body deep and compressed strongly, depth max 1.8-1.9 in SL; breast with small scales. (Ref. 2108, 90102)
Biology:  Found over muddy sand bottoms of coastal inshore waters (Ref. 47581). Often enters estuaries (Ref. 4833). Forms schools. Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 19.06.91
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.04.13
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.08.94

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