Aurigequula fasciata (Lacepède, 1803)
Aurigequula fasciata (Lacepède, 1803)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Aurigequula fasciata

English Name: Striped ponyfish

Creole Name: Sap-sap

French Name: Sapsap rayé

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


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 ventrally 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.


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

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits coastal inshore waters over muddy bottoms may enter enclosed bays and estuaries (depth 20-50 m). 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.





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Nevill, J.E.G. (2020). Aurigequula fasciata, Striped ponyfish. Seychelles Seatizens. (updated 14/07/22).  

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