Length weight relationships estimated for eight ponyfishes (Teleostei: Leiognathidae) from the northern Arabian Sea coast

Nazia QAMAR, Noureen FAROOQ, Sher Khan PANHWAR, Baradi WARYANI


This study documents length-weight relationships (LWRs) for a total of 411 specimens belonging to 8 ponyfish species (Leiognathidae) mainly caught as bycatch using gill nets, pelagic and demersal trawls, by medium sized commercial vessels operated in the northern Arabian Sea. Significant length-weight relationships with high correlation coefficients were found for all species. The coefficient of determination r2 value ranged from 0.90-0.99. The LWRs for Nuchequula blochii and Secutor interruptus are recorded for the first time and new maximum total length (26.5cm) for Karala daura is reported for the first time.


Leiognaths, Slip-mouth fishes, LWRs, Northern Arabian Sea.

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