Nuchequula blochii  (Valenciennes, 1835)

Twoblotch ponyfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Leiognathidae (Slimys, slipmouths, or ponyfishes)

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 51243); depth range ? - 40 m.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3424); common length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3424)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 14. This species is distinguished by having the following set of characters: fully scaled breast; naked cheek; anteroventral profile of lower jaw is almost straight; a distinct, jet-black blotch distally on the spinous dorsal fin (Ref. 74926).

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Indo-West Pacific: known only from Pakistan, India, and Thailand.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found on shallow waters near the bottom. Young enter brackish waters (Ref. 4833). Feeds mainly on small crustaceans, foraminiferans and nematodes. Sold fresh and dried salted in markets, also used for fishmeal.

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Kimura, S., R. Kimura and K. Ikejima, 2008. Revision of the genus Nuchequula with descriptions of three new species (Perciformes: Leiognathidae). Ichthyol. Res. 55:22-42. (Ref. 74926)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5078   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00541 - 0.02797), b=3.07 (2.88 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.9   ±0.29 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=1.25-1.16).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.