Tylosurus imperialis (Rafinesque, 1810)
Tylosurus imperialis
photo by Lillo, A.O.

Family:  Belonidae (Needlefishes)
Max. size:  140 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Cape Verde, Morocco, and the Mediterranean Sea (Ref. 5757); possibly in Ascension I. (see comments on Ref. 98447 in country and biblio record).
Biology:  Inhabits offshore waters, but also found in coastal waters. Feeds mainly on small fishes (Ref. 6530). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Eggs may be found attached to objects in the water by tendrils on the egg's surface (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 March 2014 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  reports of ciguatera poisoning

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