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  Common names: needlefish (English), agujón (Espanol)
 
Ablennes hians (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1846)


Barred needlefish,     Flat needlefish



Head and body strongly compressed; beak relatively short; no gill rakers; dorsal and anal fins with long concave front lobes; dorsal fin with large, dark rear lobe, with 22-26 rays; anal fin 25-27; pectorals concave 13-15; tail fin strongly concave; 470-525 scales in front of dorsal fin.

Dark bluish above, silvery white below with several black bars or vertically elongated blotches on sides.


Size: to at least 120 cm.

Habitat: inshore to oceanic pelagic.

Depth: 0-12 m.

Circumtropical; Baja California to the Gulf of California to Peru, the Revillagigedos, Galapagos and Malpelo.
   

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