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Species Eubleekeria splendens (Cuvier, 1829)

Blacktip Ponyfish, Black-tipped Pony-fish, Black-tipped Ponyfish, Splendid Ponyfish


Generic Combinations




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

North of Port Hedland, WA (19°05'S) to north of MacKay, QLD (20°24'S); tropical, Indo-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coastal, continental shelf, inshore, mangrove, marine, soft bottom.

Extra Ecological Information

1-10 m.


General References

Abraham, K.J., Joshi, K.K. & Murty, V.S.R. 2011. Taxonomy of the fishes of the family Leiognathidae (Pisces, Teleostei) from the west coast of India. Zootaxa 2886: 1-18 [3]

Chakrabarty, P., Sparks, J.S. & Ho., H.-C. 2010. Taxonomic review of the ponyfishes (Perciformes: Leiognathidae) of Taiwan. Marine Biodiversity 40: 107-121 [112]

Chakrabarty, P. & Sparks, J.S. 2008. Diagnoses for Leiognathus Lacepède, 1802, Equula Cuvier, 1815, Equulites Fowler, 1904, Eubleekeria Fowler, 1904, and a new ponyfish genus (Teleostei: Leiognathidae). American Museum Novitates 3623: 1-11 [6]

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. [171, 333] (as Leiognathus splendens)

Hoese, D.F. & Bray, D.J. 2006. Leiognathidae. pp. 1176-1182 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1181] (as Leiognathus splendens)

Jones, G. 1985. Revision of the Australian species of the fish family Leiognathidae. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 36: 559-613 figs 1-19 [599] (as Leiognathus splendens)

Kimura, S., Ikejima, K. & Iwatsuki, Y. 2008. Eubleekeria Fowler 1904, a valid genus of Leiognathidae (Perciformes). Ichthyological Research 55: 202-203 [203]

Kimura, S., Ito, T., Perostowady, T., Iwatsuki, Y., Yoshino, T. & Dunlap, P.V. 2005. The Leiognathus splendens complex (Perciformes: Leiognathidae) with the description of a new species, Leiognathus kupanensis Kimura and Peristiwady. Ichthyological Research 53(2): 275-291 [289] (as Leiognathus splendens)

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part II. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 145–329 [212] (as Leiognathus splendens and as L. simplex and p. 213, as L. ovalis)

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [136] (863, as Leiognathus splendens)

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. [182] (as Leiognathus splendens)

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [45] (1157, as Eubleekeria ovalis)

Woodland, D.J., Premcharoen, S. & Cabanban, A.S. 2001. Leiognathidae. pp. 2792-2823 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp. [2815] (as Leiognathus splendens)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
18-Aug-2021 LEIOGNATHIDAE 27-Jun-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
14-Sep-2011 14-Sep-2011 MOVED
14-Dec-2012 18-Apr-2011 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED