Sandlance, Ammodytoides vagus (McCulloch & Waite 1916)

Other Names: Sand Lance

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Sandlance, Ammodytoides vagus (McCulloch & Waite 1916)

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NE of Hook Island, QLD (19°42'S) to Shellharbour, NSW (34°35'S), also Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea; subtropical, south-west Pacific.

Species Citation

Bleekeria vaga McCulloch & Waite, 1916, Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Aust. 40: 447, pl. 43(1). Type locality: Lord Howe Island.


Dianne J. Bray

Sandlance, Ammodytoides vagus (McCulloch & Waite 1916)


Collette, B.B. & J.E. Randall, 2000. Ammodytoides leptus, a new species of sand lance (Teleostei: Ammodytidae) from Pitcairn Island. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 113(2): 397-400.

Collette, B.B. & D.R. Robertson. 2001. Redescription of Ammodytoides gilli, the tropical eastern Pacific sand lance (Perciformes: Ammodytidae). Revista de Biologia Tropical 49(Suppl. 1): 111-115.

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2

Ida, H., P. Sirimontaporn & S. Monkolprasit. 1994. Comparative morphology of the fishes of the family Ammodytidae, with a description of two new genera and two new species. Zoological Studies 33(4): 251-277.

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762

McCulloch, A.R. & Waite, E.R. 1916. Additions to the fish fauna of Lord Howe Island. No. 5. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 40: 437-451 pls 40-43.

Randall, J.E. & J.L. Earle. 2008. Two new Indo-Pacific sand lances of the genus Ammodytoides (Perciformes: Ammodytidae). Pacific Science 62(4): 603-612.

Shibukawa, K. & H. Ida. 2013. Ammodytoides kanazawai, a new species of sand lance (Perciformes: Ammodytidae) from the Ogasawara Islands, Japan. Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science (Ser. A) Suppl. 7: 25-30.

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CAAB Code:37425003

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Sandy bottom

Max Size:15 cm SL

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