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Keeltail Needlefish - A'ua'u
(Platybelone argalus)

Keeltail Needlefish - Platybelone argalus
Photo by Eric Henningsen
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Distribution
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to the Ogasawara Islands. The subspecies platura from the Red Sea to Persian Gulf, platyura in the rest of the Indo-Pacific, and argalus in the tropical Atlantic.

Habitat
Inhabits offshore surface waters, but is particularly abundant around islands.

Diet
Carnivorous, feeding mainly on small fishes.

Quick Fact
Needlefish are closely related to the flying fishes.

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- Moorea Biocode Database