Also known as Alligator Gar, Crocodile Longtom, Gar, Garfish, Giant Longtom, Guardfish, Hound, Hound Needlefish, Houndfish, Longjaw, Longtom, Ocean Piper, Pike Fish, Seagar, Stickfish.
Found singly or in small schools patrolling surface waters of lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on small fish.
Length - 150cm
Depth - 0-13m
Needlefish hunt smaller fish just below the surface of the sea, but in turn the are also hunted by larger fish like Tuna and can sometimes be seen leaping into the air and seeming to skip along on their tails on the surface of the water to escape predators.
Potentially dangerous at night when attracted to light as they leap out of the water and have been known to cause fatalities with their beaks! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/977