Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Leiognathidae
(Slimys, slipmouths, or ponyfishes)
Etymology: laterofenestra: Name from Latin 'lateralis' meaning lateral/side and 'fenestra' meaning window, referring for its expansive transluscent lateral flank patch in males; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 86 m (Ref. 59114). Tropical
Western Pacific: Philippines.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 59114)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 14;
Vertebrae: 23. The males of this species are distinguished from all its congeners by possessing an expansive cornucopia-shaped translucent lateral flank patch, while both sexes can be further distinguished from P. elongatus and P. rivulatus, by the more or less bullet-shaped flank patch; a deeper body 34.4-39.2 (vs. 12.5-29.7% of SL); and, vermiculate pigmentation pattern on the upper flank with thin wavy lines forming semi-circles and oval shapes (vs. larger rounded blotches). Both sexes of this species differ from P. leuciscus and P. klunzingeri, by the triangular flank patch; absence of a markedly elongate second dorsal-fin spine; and the vermiculate pigmentation pattern on the upper flank, with thin wavy lines forming semi-circles and oval shapes (vs. speckled). Adults of both sexes of also grow to a larger size than congeners, except P. leuciscus (Ref. 59114).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sparks, J.S. and P. Chakrabarty, 2007. A new species of ponyfish (Teleostei: Leiognathidae: Photoplagios) from the Philippines. Copeia 2007(3):622-629. (Ref. 59114)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.2 - 28.9, mean 28.5 (based on 42 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01862 (0.00838 - 0.04139), b=2.98 (2.79 - 3.17), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .