up to 27 inches
Distinguishing features: Atlantic needlefish have an extremely long, narrow body with very long, very toothy jaws. They are solid silver- or light green-colored. Similar in shape to gar, but needlefish are much more narrow and do not have spots.
Range, habitat and behavior: Needlefish can be found in the western Atlantic from Maine to Brazil. Needlefish are typically a marine and estuary species, but can be found in many of Florida’s springs, even far from the coast. Needlefish tend to cruise at or near the surface.
The needlefish family name is “Beloniformes.” In Greek, ‘Belone’ means ‘needle’.
Needlefish have bright green-blue bones.
Needlefish were the second most common marine (saltwater) fish, after mullet, observed in a 2010 study of 12 of Florida’s major springs. They were found in DeLeon, Homosassa, Ichetucknee, Rainbow, and Weeki Wachee.