Panay Ponyfish, Photopectoralis panayensis (Kimura & Dunlap 2003)

A relatively deep-bodied ponyfish with the mouth protruding forward, not downward, a dark snout tip, a densely pigmented membrane between the jaws and the cheeks, with a black line between the lower front margin of the eye and the lower articulation when mouth is closed, a large blotch on the nape, and irregular dark blotches on the upper sides.

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Panay Ponyfish, Photopectoralis panayensis (Kimura & Dunlap 2003)

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Off Port Douglas, Queensland. 


Dorsal fin VII, 16; Anal fin III, 14; Vertebrae 24. 
Mouth protruding forward, not downward; teeth small, slender, pointed, uniserial on jaws; lateral line incomplete, ending below base of 14th to 16th dorsal fin soft ray or at anterior caudal peduncle; body deep, 41-51% SL; posterior limb of maxilla long, 21-26% HL; anteroventral profile of lower jaw slightly concave; belly almost wholly scaled.

Similar Species

Leiognathus panayensis differs from L. aureus in having a deeper body (41–51% SL vs. 35–45% SL in the latter), long posterior limb of maxilla (21–25% HL vs. 15–23% HL), wholly scaled belly (vs. naked along preanal median keel), and a dark blotch on nape (vs. absent).


The species is named panayensis after Panay Island, the type locality.

Species Citation

Leiognathus panayensis Kimura & Dunlap 2003, Ichthyological Research 50(3): 229, Fig. 8. Type locality: Baranguay Parara Norte, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Panay Island, Philippines

Panay Ponyfish, Photopectoralis panayensis (Kimura & Dunlap 2003)


Kimura, S., Dunlap, P.V., T. Peristiwady & Lavilla-Pitogo, C.R. 2003. The Leiognathus aureus complex (Perciformes: Leiognathidae) with the description of a new species. Ichthyological Research 50(3): 221-232. PDF available Open access

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 for two new genera. Cladistics 21: 305-327.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37341027


Max Size:8.3 cm SL

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