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Species: Strongylura timucu, Timucú needlefish, Timucu needlefish

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before eye - v dark; after eye along body - dark stripe
top jaw exposed at rear
A 16-20
scales along center nape 120-185

Strongylura timucu (Walbaum, 1792)

Timucu needlefish

Body very elongate, rounded; extremely elongate jaws form a long beak, with numerous needle-like teeth; rear of top jaw-bone exposed when mouth is closed; no gill rakers; fins without spines; low lobes at front of dorsal and anal fins; dorsal 14-17 rays; anal 16-20 rays; pectoral 10-11; small, rounded pelvic fins; no keel on round tail base; tail fin straight to slightly concave;  operculum completely scaled; 120-185 scales along center of nape before dorsal fin; right gonad longer than left.

Blue-green above; a broad dark grey stripe from behind eye along body; bone before eye very dark.

Size: 46 cm.

Habitat: coastal areas and mangroves.

Depth: 0-5 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Estuary
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Mangrove
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Also in Brazil
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 46
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5