Scientific Name
Equulites leuciscus
Equulites leuciscus曳絲馬鰏
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Günther, 1860) Depth 1 - 70M
Chinese 曳絲馬鰏 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鰏科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F366 Leiognathidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 曳絲馬鰏 
Max Length 12 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 金錢仔、兵葉仔(澎湖)、方葉仔(澎湖) 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、South、PonFu 
Habitats Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Amboina 
Synonyms Equula leuciscus, Equula longispina, Equulites novae Hollandiae, Equulites novaehollandiae, Leiognathus edwardsi, Leiognathus leuciscus, Leiognathus vermiculatus, Liognathus hastatus, Photoplagios leuciscus   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0071550. ASIZP0074786. ASIZP0080001. ASIZP0807315. ASIZP0917315. FRIP00612. NMMBP01088. NMNSF01593. NTMP0693. NTMP0954. NTUM05709. NTUM05710. NTUM05711. NTUM05712.  
Barcode2016-01-20,Chia-Hao Chang,CO1,100%
Common Name Whipfin ponyfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body only moderately deep, compressed, its depth 2 to 3 times in standard length; dorsal and ventral profiles almost equally convex. Mouth pointing downward when protracted. Second dorsal-fin spine elongate, and second anal-fin spine slightly elongate. Head scaleless; scales present on breast. Body silvery; back with irregular, partly semicircular, greyish green vermiculations; a row of oval yellow blotches below lateral line in larger fish; membrane between dorsal-fin spines yellow at midheight, edge of soft part of dorsal fin also yellow, superimposed with light grey; anal fin of similar colour to dorsal fin; posterior margin of caudal fin yellowish; males usually with a triangular bluish patch on side of belly.
habitats Inhabits coastal inshore waters over bottoms of muddy sand at depths of 10 to 50 m. Feeds mainly on polychaetes, small shrimps, and other crustaceans. Schooling. A flighty species during the day. 
Distribution Indo-West Pacific: East Africa (Ref. 2871, 5213, 30573), including Madagascar and Seychelles eastward to India and Sri Lanka to Southeast Asia; southeast to northern Australia and New Caledonia. 
Utility Marketed fresh or dried-salted for human consumption; but surplus fish used to feed ducks, converted to fishmeal, or discarded.