Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Uranoscopoidei
(Sand dwellers) > Ammodytidae
Etymology: Ammodytoides: Greek, ammos = sand + Greek, dytes = anyone that likes immersions, diving (Ref. 45335); leptus: Specific name refers to it being the thinnest among the species of the genus. More on authors: Collette & Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 10 - 99 m (Ref. 37585). Tropical
Eastern Central Pacific: Endemic to Pitcairn.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37585)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 24 - 25;
Vertebrae: 61 - 63. Body grayish green dorsally; silvery on the sides; iridescent ventrally; hyaline fins, yellowish tail. Pelvic fins absent. Incomplete lateral line (Ref. 37585).
A schooling fish, 25-30 individuals, found over sand with high ripple marks; fast swimmers and capable of rapid changes in direction; swim in perfect unison. Preyed upon by larger pelagic fishes such as Carangoides ferdau and other species of Ammodytoides (Ref. 37585).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Collette, B.B. and J.E. Randall, 2000. Ammodytoides leptus, a new species of sand lance (Teleostei: Ammodytidae) from Pitcairn Island. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 113(2):397-400. (Ref. 37585)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00339 (0.00154 - 0.00746), b=3.09 (2.90 - 3.28), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .