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Platybelone argalus

Platybelone argalusis commonly referred to as Flat-tailed Long Tom, Flat-tailed Longtom, Flat-tailed Long-tom, Keeltail Needlefish, Needlefish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Not suitable for aquarium keeping. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.


Profilbild Urheber François Libert, Frankreich

Foto: Moorea, Französisch-Polynesien


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lexID:
13926 
AphiaID:
126377 
Scientific:
Platybelone argalus 
German:
Hornhecht 
English:
Flat-tailed Long Tom, Flat-tailed Longtom, Flat-tailed Long-tom, Keeltail Needlefish, Needlefish 
Category:
 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Beloniformes (Order) > Belonidae (Family) > Platybelone (Genus) > argalus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Lesueur, ), 1821 
Sea depth:
1 - 30 Meter 
Size:
30 cm - 50 cm 
Temperature:
27°C - 30°C 
Difficulty:
Not suitable for aquarium keeping 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life
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More related species
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2021-06-06 18:43:37 

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This gneedlefish was first described in 1821 by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, unfortunately this first description seems to be lost (according to WoRMS not documented).
This fact may be a reason for the fact that in the scientific sources different names are given for the needlefish:

According to Fischbase, Platybelone argalus argalus (Lesueur 1821) would be correct.
WoRMS and Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes give Platybelone argalus as correct name.

Name of the original description: Belona argalus Lesueur, 1821

Platybelone argalus is a fast small fish hunter that very often, typical of many garfish, stays just below the surface of the water, and can snap at lightning speed.

A first quick, superficial glance might indicate a visually quite similar species, the Crocodile Garfish Tylosurus crocodilus (Péron & Lesueur, 1821), which, however, has a much more powerful bill.


Subspecies:
Platybelone argalus annobonensis Collette & Parin, 1970
Platybelone argalus argalus (Lesueur, 1821)
Platybelone argalus lovii (Günther, 1866)
Platybelone argalus platura (Rüppell, 1837)
Platybelone argalus platyura (Bennett, 1832)
Platybelone argalus pterura (Osburn & Nichols, 1916)
Platybelone argalus trachura (Valenciennes, 1846)

External links

  1. Fishes of Australia (en). Abgerufen am 06.06.2021.
  2. Flickr Homepage François Libert (multi). Abgerufen am 06.06.2021.
  3. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 06.06.2021.
  4. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 06.06.2021.

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