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Family: Gasteropelecidae Freshwater hatchetfishes



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Carnegiella marthae Blackwing hatchetfish South America 2.8 SL 1927
Carnegiella myersi Pygmy hatchetfish South America 2.2 SL 1950
Carnegiella schereri Dwarf hatchetfish South America 2.6 SL 1950
Carnegiella strigata Marbled hatchetfish South America 3.5 SL 1864
Gasteropelecus levis Silver hatchetfish South America 3.5 SL 1909
Gasteropelecus maculatus Spotted hatchetfish Central and South America 6.4 SL 1879
Gasteropelecus sternicla River hatchetfish South America 3.9 SL 1758
Thoracocharax securis Giant hatchetfish South America 6.8 SL 1853
Thoracocharax stellatus Spotfin hatchetfish South America 6.7 SL 1858



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