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Family: Belonidae Needlefishes



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Worldwide distribution in
Max. Length 140 cm TL
Ablennes hians (Valenciennes, 1846)

Photo by Photo by Freitas, R.
 
Ablennes hians
[Flat needlefish]



Eastern Atlantic and Medi
Max. Length 103.5 cm TL
Belone belone (Linnaeus, 1760)

Photo by Photo by Østergaard, T.
 
Belone belone
[Garfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 52 cm TL

 
Belone euxini
[]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 41.8 cm TL
Belone svetovidovi Collette & Parin, 1970

Photo by Photo by Margies, P.
 
Belone svetovidovi
[]



South America
Max. Length 5 cm SL
Belonion apodion Collette, 1966

Photo by Photo by American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
 
Belonion apodion
[]



South America
Max. Length 4.8 cm SL
Belonion dibranchodon Collette, 1966

Photo by Photo by American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
 
Belonion dibranchodon
[]



Southeast Atlantic and We
Max. Length 35 cm SL
Petalichthys capensis Regan, 1904

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Petalichthys capensis
[Cape needlefish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 23 cm OT
Platybelone argalus annobonensis Collette & Parin, 1970

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Platybelone argalus annobonensis
[Annobon keel tail needlefish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Platybelone argalus argalus (Lesueur, 1821)

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Platybelone argalus argalus
[Keeltail needlefish]
No picture found

Max. Length 45 cm TL

 
Platybelone argalus platura
[]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm NG
Platybelone argalus platyura (Bennett, 1832)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Platybelone argalus platyura
[Keeled needlefish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm SL
Platybelone argalus pterura (Osburn & Nichols, 1916)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Platybelone argalus pterura
[Baja California keeltail needlefish]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 32 cm OT
Platybelone argalus trachura (Valenciennes, 1846)

Photo by Photo by Brown,J./EMD, St Helena Government
 
Platybelone argalus trachura
[]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 24 cm OT
Platybelone lovii (Günther, 1866)

Photo by Photo by Freitas, R.
 
Platybelone lovii
[]



South America
Max. Length 22.8 cm SL
Potamorrhaphis eigenmanni Miranda Ribeiro, 1915

Photo by Photo by Porcelli, D.
 
Potamorrhaphis eigenmanni
[]



South America
Max. Length 29.1 cm TL
Potamorrhaphis guianensis (Jardine, 1843)

Photo by Photo by Irtz, P.
 
Potamorrhaphis guianensis
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 17.5 cm OT

 
Potamorrhaphis labiatus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 24.6 cm SL

 
Potamorrhaphis petersi
[]



South America
Max. Length 29.8 cm SL
Pseudotylosurus angusticeps (Günther, 1866)

Photo by Photo by Yuri Hooker/WWF-OPP
 
Pseudotylosurus angusticeps
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 40.7 cm SL

 
Pseudotylosurus microps
[]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Strongylura anastomella (Valenciennes, 1846)

Photo by Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan
 
Strongylura anastomella
[]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 91 cm TL
Strongylura exilis (Girard, 1854)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Strongylura exilis
[Californian needlefish]



South America
Max. Length 51.7 cm SL
Strongylura fluviatilis (Regan, 1903)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Strongylura fluviatilis
[]



Central America
Max. Length 49.8 cm SL
Strongylura hubbsi Collette, 1974

Photo by Photo by Granados-Dieseldorff, P. & M. Christensen
 
Strongylura hubbsi
[Maya needlefish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm FL
Strongylura incisa (Valenciennes, 1846)

Photo by Photo by Honeycutt, K.
 
Strongylura incisa
[Reef needlefish]
No picture found

Max. Length 85 cm SL

 
Strongylura krefftii
[Long tom]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Strongylura leiura (Bleeker, 1850)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Strongylura leiura
[Banded needlefish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 111 cm TL
Strongylura marina (Walbaum, 1792)

Photo by Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
 
Strongylura marina
[Atlantic needlefish]



Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 40.5 cm SL
Strongylura notata forsythia Breder, 1932

Photo by Photo by JJPhoto
 
Strongylura notata forsythia
[]



Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 61 cm TL
Strongylura notata notata (Poey, 1860)

Photo by Photo by American Littoral Society - Southeast Chapter
 
Strongylura notata notata
[Redfin needlefish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 38 cm SL
Strongylura scapularis (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Strongylura scapularis
[Shoulderspot needlefish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 150 cm SL
Strongylura senegalensis (Valenciennes, 1846)

Photo by Photo by Mamonekene, V.
 
Strongylura senegalensis
[Senegal needlefish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm SL
Strongylura strongylura (van Hasselt, 1823)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Strongylura strongylura
[Spottail needlefish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 61 cm TL
Strongylura timucu (Walbaum, 1792)

Photo by Photo by Sazima, I.
 
Strongylura timucu
[Timucu]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 26.3 cm OT
Strongylura urvillii (Valenciennes, 1846)

Photo by Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Strongylura urvillii
[Urville's longtom]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 153 cm TL
Tylosurus acus acus (Lacepède, 1803)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Tylosurus acus acus
[Agujon needlefish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 140 cm SL
Tylosurus acus imperialis (Rafinesque, 1810)

Photo by Photo by Lillo, A.O.
 
Tylosurus acus imperialis
[]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Tylosurus acus melanotus (Bleeker, 1850)

Photo by Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Tylosurus acus melanotus
[Keel-jawed needle fish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 140 cm TL
Tylosurus acus rafale Collette & Parin, 1970

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Tylosurus acus rafale
[Atlantic agujon needlefish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 120 cm TL
Tylosurus choram (Rüppell, 1837)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Tylosurus choram
[Red Sea houndfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 150 cm TL
Tylosurus crocodilus (Péron & Lesueur, 1821)

Photo by Photo by Baur, J.-C.
 
Tylosurus crocodilus
[Hound needlefish]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 134 cm TL
Tylosurus fodiator Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Tylosurus fodiator
[Mexican needlefish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 75 cm OT
Tylosurus gavialoides (Castelnau, 1873)

Photo by Photo by Good, P.
 
Tylosurus gavialoides
[Stout longtom]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 82.5 cm SL
Tylosurus pacificus (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Tylosurus pacificus
[Pacific agujon needlefish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 58.3 cm SL
Tylosurus punctulatus (Günther, 1872)

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Tylosurus punctulatus
[Spotted long-tom]



Asia
Max. Length 40 cm TL
Xenentodon cancila (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by Photo by Ratmuangkhwang, S.
 
Xenentodon cancila
[Freshwater garfish]



Asia
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Xenentodon canciloides (Bleeker, 1854)

Photo by Photo by Grimm, M.
 
Xenentodon canciloides
[]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Ablennes hians Flat needlefish Worldwide distribution in 140 TL 1846
Belone belone Garfish Eastern Atlantic and Medi 103.5 TL 1760
Belone euxini Endemic to Black Sea, Sea 52 TL 1866
Belone svetovidovi Eastern Atlantic 41.8 TL 1970
Belonion apodion South America 5 SL 1966
Belonion dibranchodon South America 4.8 SL 1966
Petalichthys capensis Cape needlefish Southeast Atlantic and We 35 SL 1904
Platybelone argalus annobonensis Annobon keel tail needlefish Eastern Atlantic 23 OT 1970
Platybelone argalus argalus Keeltail needlefish Western Atlantic 50 TL 1821
Platybelone argalus platura Western Indian Ocean 45 TL 1837
Platybelone argalus platyura Keeled needlefish Indo-Pacific 45 NG 1832
Platybelone argalus pterura Baja California keeltail needlefish Eastern Pacific 40 SL 1916
Platybelone argalus trachura Southeast Atlantic 32 OT 1846
Platybelone lovii Eastern Atlantic 24 OT 1866
Potamorrhaphis eigenmanni South America 22.8 SL 1915
Potamorrhaphis guianensis South America 29.1 TL 1843
Potamorrhaphis labiatus South America 17.5 OT 2012
Potamorrhaphis petersi South America 24.6 SL 1974
Pseudotylosurus angusticeps South America 29.8 SL 1866
Pseudotylosurus microps South America 40.7 SL 1866
Strongylura anastomella Northwest Pacific 100 TL 1846
Strongylura exilis Californian needlefish Eastern Pacific 91 TL 1854
Strongylura fluviatilis South America 51.7 SL 1903
Strongylura hubbsi Maya needlefish Central America 49.8 SL 1974
Strongylura incisa Reef needlefish Indo-Pacific 100 FL 1846
Strongylura krefftii Long tom Asia and Oceania 85 SL 1866
Strongylura leiura Banded needlefish Indo-West Pacific 100 TL 1850
Strongylura marina Atlantic needlefish Western Atlantic 111 TL 1792
Strongylura notata forsythia Western Central Atlantic 40.5 SL 1932
Strongylura notata notata Redfin needlefish Western Central Atlantic 61 TL 1860
Strongylura scapularis Shoulderspot needlefish Eastern Pacific 38 SL 1882
Strongylura senegalensis Senegal needlefish Eastern Atlantic 150 SL 1846
Strongylura strongylura Spottail needlefish Indo-West Pacific 40 SL 1823
Strongylura timucu Timucu Western Atlantic 61 TL 1792
Strongylura urvillii Urville's longtom Western Pacific 26.3 OT 1846
Tylosurus acus acus Agujon needlefish Western Atlantic 153 TL 1803
Tylosurus acus imperialis Eastern Atlantic 140 SL 1810
Tylosurus acus melanotus Keel-jawed needle fish Indo-Pacific 100 TL 1850
Tylosurus acus rafale Atlantic agujon needlefish Eastern Atlantic 140 TL 1970
Tylosurus choram Red Sea houndfish Western Indian Ocean 120 TL 1837
Tylosurus crocodilus Hound needlefish Indo-West Pacific 150 TL 1821
Tylosurus fodiator Mexican needlefish Eastern Central Pacific 134 TL 1882
Tylosurus gavialoides Stout longtom Indo-West Pacific 75 OT 1873
Tylosurus pacificus Pacific agujon needlefish Eastern Pacific 82.5 SL 1876
Tylosurus punctulatus Spotted long-tom Western Central Pacific 58.3 SL 1872
Xenentodon cancila Freshwater garfish Asia 40 TL 1822
Xenentodon canciloides Asia 30 SL 1854



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