Aurigequula longispinis (Valenciennes 1835)

Other Names: Longspine Ponyfish, Smithurst's Ponyfish

Longspine Ponyfish, Aurigequula longispinis. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Aurigequula longispinis (Valenciennes 1835)

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Barrow Island, Western Australia, to Townsville, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.


Feeds near the bottom on fishes, crustaceans, chaetognaths, nematodes, bivalves, and gastropod molluscs.

Species Citation

Equula longispinis Valenciennes, in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1835, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 10: 94. Type locality: Waigeo (as Waigiou), Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Aurigequula longispinis (Valenciennes 1835)


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CAAB Code:37341004

Depth:15-80 m (AUS)

Max Size:16 cm TL

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