Ammodytoides idai Randall & Earle, 2008
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Ammodytidae (Sand lances)
Max. size:  12.13 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 8 - 25 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 44-46; Anal soft rays: 21-22; Vertebrae: 55-58. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 44-46; A 21-22; pectoral rays 14-16; 103-107 pored lateral line scales; 2-3 small scales dorsally on opercle; gill rakers 5-6 + 21-23 (Ref. 83306); a row of about 10 black spots at margin of dorsal fin except posteriorly; caudal fin with a dusky posterior margin that broadens toward lobe tips, at least in males; body width 8.0-8.8% SL; longest dorsal ray 5.2--5.6% SL; longest anal ray 5.9-6.7% SL (Ref. 83531).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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