Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Pleuronectiformes
(Flatfishes) > Soleidae
Etymology: Leptachirus: Name from the Greek 'leptos' meaning thin and the soleid genus Achirus Lacepède, in reference to the very thin and slender body of the species.; polylepis: Named from the Greek meaning many scales, in reference to its very high
lateral-line scale count. More on author: Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 1 - 4 m (Ref. 84817). Tropical
Oceania: Australia, Northern Territory.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84817)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 54 - 58;
Vertebrae: 40 - 42. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 70-77; A 54-58; pelvic rays 4 or 5 (usually 4); lateral-line scales 103-111; lateral line on ocular side of head with a ventral branch of 5 to 6 pores, remaining horizontal anterior part with 3-4 pores; vertebrae 40-42; dorsal pterygiophores anterior to fourth neural spine 8-9 (usually 9); body depth 2.95-3.2 in SL; no caudal peduncle; head length 4.45-4.65 in SL; eye diameter 6.35-6.8 in HL; interorbital width 8.6-10.5 in HL; tubular anterior nostril short, only slightly longer than diameter of base, and tapering little; longest dorsal ray 1.8-2.15 in HL; caudal-fin length 4.15-4.7 in SL; pelvic fins and genital papilla not joined, their origins adjacent; pelvic fins short, reaching little beyond base of first anal ray, 2.7-3.1 in HL; colour in alcohol of ocular side brown, faintly mottled with small darker brown spots; with 3 longitudinal rows of dark brown spots, most vertically elongate, the largest two on lateral line; dorsal and anal fins with dark brown streaks on 2-4 adjacent rays; caudal fin with dark brown blotches on base (ref. 84817).
Gut material from a 5.85 cm specimen were found to be the remains of hemipteran insects (Ref. 84817).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E., 2007. Leptachirus, a new soleid fish genus from New Guinea and northern Australia, with descriptions of eight new species. Records of the Western Australian Museum 24:81-108. (Ref. 84817)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00977 (0.00456 - 0.02095), b=3.07 (2.90 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±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 (13 of 100) .