Flat Needlefish (Ablennes hians)

Also known as Houndfish, Longtoms, Garfish, Grassfish, Stickfish, Flat-sided Needlefish, Gaping Needlefish, Giant Needlefish, Barred Needlefish, Barred Longtom, Flat Billfish.

Description

Also known as Houndfish, Longtoms, Garfish, Grassfish, Stickfish, Flat-sided Needlefish, Gaping Needlefish, Giant Needlefish, Barred Needlefish, Barred Longtom and Flat Billfish.

Found singly or in small groups close to shore over sand and reef areas.
They feed on small surface fish.
Length - 100cm
Depth - 0-3m
Widespread Circumtropical

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!

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