Ammodytoides leptus, Pitcairn Sandlance

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Ammodytoides leptus Collette & Randall, 2000

Pitcairn Sandlance
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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Uranoscopoidei (Sand dwellers) > Ammodytidae (Sand lances)
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 Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 10 - 99 m (Ref. 37585).   Tropical

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Eastern Central Pacific: Endemic to Pitcairn.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37585)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 50-53; Anal 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).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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).

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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)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 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) .