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Needle Fish

Tylosurus crocodilus

Description:

Needlefish are slender, ranging from 3.0 to 95 cm (1.2 to 37.4 in) in length. They have a single dorsal fin, placed far back on the body, almost opposite to the anal fin. Their most distinctive feature is their long, narrow beak, which bears multiple sharp teeth. In most species, the upper jaw only reaches its full length in adults, so the juveniles have a half-beak appearance, with an elongated lower jaw, but a much smaller upper one. During this stage of their lifecycle, they eat plankton, switching to fish once the beak fully develops.

Habitat:

Primarily associated with very shallow marine habitats or the surface of the open sea

Notes:

These remains were found after an Osprey had eaten them.

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2 Comments

Stephen Wain
Stephen Wain a year ago

thanks Mark - uploaded it twice due to it changing stuff!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Scientific name? :-)

Stephen Wain
Spotted by
Stephen Wain

جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Lat: 28.05, Long: 34.44

Spotted on Nov 14, 2017
Submitted on Jun 11, 2018

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