Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (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.; kikori: Named for its type locality, Kikori River of southern Papua New Guinea; noun in
apposition. More on author: Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic. Tropical
Oceania: Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84817)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 50 - 57;
Vertebrae: 39 - 40. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 65-74; A50-57; pelvic rays 4; lateral line on ocular side of head with a ventral branch of 5-8 pored scales, remaining horizontal anterior part with 3-5 pored scales; lateral-line scales to point of branching on head 76-88, including 8-10 anterior to upper end of gill opening; vertebrae 39-40; dorsal pterygiophores anterior to fourth neural spine 8-9 (usually 9); body slender, its depth 3.0-3.3 in SL; head length 4.35-4.7 in SL; no caudal-peduncle; eye diameter 5.25-6.9 in HL; least vertical interorbital width 9.9-13.5 in HL; body scales of adults with 8-14 cteni (mostly 10 or 11); longest dorsal ray 1.85-2.1 in HL; caudal fin 4.0-4.4 in SL; origin of pelvic fins adjacent on ventral edge of body, the fins attached posteriorly to base of anal papilla; short pelvic fins, just reaching origin of anal fin, 2.7-3.3 in HL; ocular side finely mottled grey-brown to brown, with 3 longitudinal rows of dark brown spots of eye size or smaller (spots may be within larger pigmented blotches, the three largest on lateral line); dorsal and anal fins dusky yellowish with elongate dark spots paralleling rays; caudal fin pale yellowish with numerous small dark spots (Ref. 84817).
Collected from slightly brackish water at two collection sites of the Kikori River (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. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00977 (0.00456 - 0.02095), b=3.07 (2.90 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .