Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (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.; alleni: Named for Gerald R. Allen.. More on author: Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 1 m (Ref. 84817). Tropical
Asia: New Guinea, Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84817)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 50 - 53;
Vertebrae: 37 - 39. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 65-73; A 50-53; pelvic rays 4; lateral-line scales 82-93; lateral line on ocular side of head with a ventral branch of 4-6 pores, remaining horizontal anterior part with 5-7 pores; vertebrae 37-39; dorsal pterygiophores anterior to fourth neural spine 8-9; body depth 2.7-3.0 in SL; no caudal peduncle; head length 4.35-4.65 in SL; small eyes, eye diameter 7.2-8.4 in HL; interorbital width 8.1-9.8 in HL; longest dorsal ray 1.75-1.95 in HL; caudal-fin length 4.0-4.25 in SL; pelvic fins and genital papilla not joined, their origins adjacent; short pelvic fins, reaching little beyond base of first anal ray, 2.8-3.2 in HL; alcohol-preserved colour of ocular side grey-brown with scattered dark brown spots smaller than eye (most of about pupil size) and 3 longitudinal rows of larger dark brown blotches; pale dorsal and anal fin rays with membranes dark brown (except anteriorly, where pale); caudal fin with pale rays and brown membranes with darker brown spots or longitudinal streaks; caudal-fin base with dark brown bar or row of dark spots (Ref. 84817).
Specimens collected from a small turbid creek with a salinity of 10 ppt, about 19 km upstream from Bintuni Bay. The area receives semidiurnal tides averaging about 3.5 m and the mangrove-nipa zone of this creek is thus subjected to large fluctuations in salinity and turbidity (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. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 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 (18 of 100) .