Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects. Aquarium specimens reach 6.0 cm TL (Ref. 7020).
  • Weitzman, S.H. and L. Palmer 2003 Gasteropelecidae (Freshwater hatchetfishes). p. 101-103. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 39056)
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Distribution

South America: lower Amazon River basin in Brazil.
  • Weitzman, S.H. and L. Palmer 2003 Gasteropelecidae (Freshwater hatchetfishes). p. 101-103. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 39056)
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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))
  • Weitzman, S.H. and L. Palmer 2003 Gasteropelecidae (Freshwater hatchetfishes). p. 101-103. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (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
  • Paratype:
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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
  • Holotype:
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

pelagic; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

Feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects.
  • Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott 1991 World fishes important to North Americans. Exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Publ. (21):243 p. (Ref. 4537)
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
  • Mills, D. and G. Vevers 1989 The Tetra encyclopedia of freshwater tropical aquarium fishes. Tetra Press, New Jersey. 208 p. (Ref. 7020)
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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.

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References

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