Aurigequula fasciata (Lacepède, 1803)
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Aurigequula fasciata (Lacepède, 1803)

Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Aurigequula fasciata

English Name: Striped or Pugnose ponyfish

Creole Name: Sap-sap

French Name: Sapsap rayé

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)

Description:

Dorsal spines: 8; Dorsal rays: 16; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 14.

Body deep and compressed, the back more strongly arched than anterior part of belly. Mouth pointing downward when protracted. The lower jaw profile is slightly concave. Second dorsal-fin spine distinctly elongate. Head and breast scaleless.

Colour. Body is silvery. The head and chest are silvery white. Flank has 10-15 broad grey to yellowish-brown vertical lines that extend slightly ventral to the lateral line where they break into broad rounded yellowish dashes. There is a light yellow tint to the membrane of all fins, particularly the membrane between the anal-fin rays. The pectoral-fin axil and the base of the pectoral fin have a strong yellow colouration. The pelvic fins are white. There is little colouration in the caudal fin.


Size:

Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 21cm TL, commonly to 17cm TL.


Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits coastal inshore waters over muddy bottoms may enter enclosed bays and estuaries (depth 20-50m). Forms schools. Feeds on polychaetes, small crustaceans, and small fish.


Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in net fisheries, where it is a regular and sometimes abundant component of the catch.


Notes:
References:

Chakrabarty, P. et al (2009). REDISCRIPTION OF PONYFISHES (TELEOSTEI: LEIOGNATHIDAE) OF SRI LANKA AND THE STATUS OF AURIGEQUULA FOWLER 1918. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences) · June 2009.

Fischer, W. & G. Bianchi (eds), (1984).  FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing Area 51). Prepared and printed with the support of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). Rome, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, vols 1-6.

Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. 2020. FishBase. https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Aurigequula-fasciata.html (01/05/20).

Kaymaram, F. et al 2015. Aurigequula fasciata. The IUCN Red List 2015: e.T199622A57140028. (02/05/20).


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