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Genus: Ablennes, Flat Needlefish, Needlefish

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

very compressed
flank: ~12 black bars
tail base compressed, no keel
C concave



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.