Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects. Aquarium specimens reach 6.0 cm TL (Ref. 7020).
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Distribution

South America: lower Amazon River basin in Brazil.
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Lower Amazon River basin, Brazil.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 60 mm ---
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Max. size

3.5 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 39056))
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Type Information

Paratype for Gasteropelecus levis
Catalog Number: USNM 306564
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): J. Brevoort
Locality: Para, Brazil, South America
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Holotype for Gasteropelecus levis
Catalog Number: USNM 34454
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): J. Brevoort
Locality: Para, Brazil, South America
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

pelagic; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

Feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects.
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
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Wikipedia

Gasteropelecus levis

The silver hatchetfish, Gasteropelecus levis, is a member of the genus Gasteropelecus in the family Gasteropelecidae. It is a relatively small fish that is often kept in aquariums. It is compressed laterally, with black and gold lines running along its side.

In the aquarium

It has the capability of "flying" out of an aquarium, so precautions should be taken. It uses the ability to "fly" to catch insects.

See also

References

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