Platybelone argalus platyura (Bennett, 1832)
Keeled needlefish
Keeled needlefish,  Balo,  Balu,  Batali,  Bawo,  Bihin-Bihin,  Lison
Platybelone argalus platyura
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Belonidae (Needlefishes)
Max. size:  45 cm NG (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 2 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to the Ogasawara Islands. The subspecies platura from the Red Sea to Persian Gulf, platyura in the rest of the Indo-Pacific, and argalus in the tropical Atlantic (Ref. 37816).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-15; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 15-20; Vertebrae: 62-75. Gill rakers present; dorsal fin rays few, 12-15; caudal peduncle greatly depressed with very large keel on each side (Ref. 9682). See also Ref. 1602.
Biology:  Inhabits offshore surface waters but is particularly abundant around islands (Ref. 9682). Probably the most common needlefish of reef flats, lagoons and bays where it occurs in groups of a few to several dozen. Carnivorous, feeding mainly on small fishes; marketed fresh (Ref. 9682). 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: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  In range Ref. 1602.

Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 28.06.12
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 24.02.94

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