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Species Photolateralis moretoniensis (Ogilby, 1912)

Zigzag Ponyfish, Black-banded Pony-fish, Zig-zag Ponyfish, Zig-zag-ponyfish


Miscellaneous Literature Names



We follow Jones (1985) in recognising Leiognathus hastatus Ogilby, 1912 as a synonym of Equulites leuciscus. However, Woodland et al. (2001: 2812) listed L. hastatus as a junior synonym of Leiognathus moretoniensis; this synonymy may have been based on the work of Whitley (1932: 107) who listed AM I.465 as the holotype of L. hastatus. The specimen AM I.465 was received from the Queensland Museum in 1886. Jones (1985) considered it not to be a type specimen and regarded QM I.878 as the holotype of L. hastatus.




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Shark Bay, WA (25°21'S) to Sydney, NSW (33°58'S), NSW; tropical, New Guinea.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

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


General References

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 moretoniensis)

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 moretoniensis)

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 [593] (as Leiognathus moretoniensis)

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part II. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 145–329 [214]

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] [134] (864 and 865 in part, as Equulites hastatus)

Ogilby, J.D. 1897. Some new genera and species of fishes. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 22(2): 245-251 [108]

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. [186] (as Leiognathus moretoniensis)

Sparks, J.S., Dunlap, P.V. & Smith, W.L. 2005. Evolution and diversification of a sexually dimorphic luminescent system in ponyfishes (Teleostei: Leiognathidae), including diagnoses of two new genera. Cladistics 21: 305-327 (as Photoplagios moretoniensis)

Whitley, G.P. 1932. Some fishes of the family Leiognathidae. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 10(2): 99-116 fig. 1 pls 13-14

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. [2812] (as Leiognathus moretoniensis)


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
18-Aug-2021 14-Sep-2011 MOVED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED