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Keeltail needlefish Platybelone argalus subsp. platyura. Needlefish are slender fish, in this sp. it can reach 50 cm long. They have a single dorsal fin, placed far back on the body, almost opposite to the anal fin. Their most distinctive feature is their long, narrow beak, which bears multiple sharp teeth. The keeltail needlefish's top jaw is also smaller than the lower one. It is most recognized by the large, flat keel-like structures running on either side of the tail. Usually seen just below the surface in shallow waters near the shoreline of Lankayan (Sabah, Borneo). Fall,Geotagged,Keeltail needlefish,Malaysia,Platybelone argalus Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Keeltail needlefish

Platybelone argalus subsp. platyura. Needlefish are slender fish, in this sp. it can reach 50 cm long. They have a single dorsal fin, placed far back on the body, almost opposite to the anal fin. Their most distinctive feature is their long, narrow beak, which bears multiple sharp teeth. The keeltail needlefish's top jaw is also smaller than the lower one. It is most recognized by the large, flat keel-like structures running on either side of the tail. Usually seen just below the surface in shallow waters near the shoreline of Lankayan (Sabah, Borneo).

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  1. I had asked to add species as Strongylura incisa but I think it is Platybelone argalus so please dismiss my previous ID request. Thanks! :-) Posted 4 years ago

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The keeltail needlefish, sometimes called the keeled needlefish, is a tropical fish of the family Belonidae. It was described by the French naturalist Charles Alexandre Lesueur in 1821.

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Uploaded Jul 3, 2016. Captured Oct 1, 2015 07:11 in Malaysia.
  • SP-100EE
  • f/5.7
  • 10/8000s
  • ISO125
  • 30.4mm