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Rediscription of Ponyfishes ( Teleostei: Leiognathidae) of Sri Lanka and the Status of Aurigequula Fowler 1918

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Prosanta Chakrabarty ,

Museum of Natural Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, US
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Thasun Amarasinghe,

146, Kendalanda, Homagama, Sri Lanka, LK
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John S Sparks

3American Museum of Natural History, Department of Ichthyology, Central Park West at 79th St., New York, New York, USA, US
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Abstract

The ponyfishes of Sri Lanka are redescribed from recent collections. Comparisons are made among species in a Principal Components Analysis. Sri Lanka's proximity to the type localities of many inadequately described ponyfish species makes it ideal for the rediscovery and redescription of populations consistent in features with those from the original descriptions. Many ponyfish species were described over a hundred years ago (sometimes over 200 years ago) without designation of type material and using vague and non-apomorphic features. The descriptions made here will allow for comparison with those earlier descriptions and leiognathid specimens from localities throughout their range. These comparisons may lead to the discovery of new species and to a better understanding of the relationships within the group. In addition, Aurigequula Fowler, 1918 is resurrected from synonymy with Leiognathus Lacepède, 1802 to replace a previously established invalid name. Aurigequula comprises, A. fasciata and A. longispinis.

Key words: Leiognathids, ponyfish, Sri Lanka, taxonomy

 doi: 10.4038/cjsbs.v37i2.502

Cey. J. Sci. (Bio. Sci.) 37 (2): 143-161, 2008

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v37i2.502
How to Cite: Chakrabarty, P., Amarasinghe, T. & Sparks, J.S., (2009). Rediscription of Ponyfishes ( Teleostei: Leiognathidae) of Sri Lanka and the Status of Aurigequula Fowler 1918. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences). 37(2), pp.143–161. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v37i2.502
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Published on 17 Jun 2009.
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