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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.