Leiognathus longispinis (Valenciennes, 1835)
Longspine ponyfish
Leiognathus longispinis
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Leiognathidae (Slimys, slipmouths, or ponyfishes), subfamily: Leiognathinae
Max. size:  16 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: southern India, throughout Indo-Malayan region, northern Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines, reports from Fiji. Further study is required to determine if the population spanning this wide range comprise one single species.
Biology:  Found in coastal waters. Stays near the substrate and feeds on fish, crustaceans, chaetognaths, nematodes, bivalves, and gastropods (Ref. 5213).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 16.03.02
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 04.03.12

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