Genus: Ablennes, Flat Needlefish, Needlefish
flank: ~12 black bars
tail base compressed, no keel
Body strongly compressed; elongate jaws form a relatively short beak, with numerous needle-like teeth; no gill rakers; fins without spines; dorsal and anal fins with long concave front lobes; dorsal fin with large, dark rear lobe, with 23-26 rays; pectorals concave; tail base compressed, without a keel; tail fin strongly concave; body with ~ 12 dark bars.
A single circumtropical species occurs in our region.