Scientific Name
Strongylura anastomella  
Strongylura anastomella尖嘴圓尾鶴鱵
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Valenciennes, 1846) Depth 0 - 10M
Chinese 尖嘴圓尾鶴鱵 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鶴鱵科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F255 Belonidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 尖嘴柱頜針魚 
Max Length 100 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 鶴鱵、青旗、學仔、白天青旗 
Distribution in World North West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan West 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality China 
Synonyms Ablennes anastomella, Belone anastomella, Belone esocina, Belone gracilis, Tylosurus issajewi   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0065064. NMMBP04370. NMMBP04437. NMMBP05262. NMMBP06517. NMMSTP00606.  
Common Name Needlefish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, slightly compressed, almost rectangular in cross-section. Head large. Upper and lower jaws greatly elongate and studded with sharp teeth; upper surface of head with prominent ridges; gill rakers absent. Anterior parts of dorsal and anal fins forming well-developed lobes; dorsal-fin rays 18 to 20; anal-fin rays 21 to 23; pectoral fins not falcate; caudal peduncle without lateral keels; caudal fin emarginate, not deeply forked. Scales on head small; opercle without scales; predorsal scales moderately large, 195 to 230. Body dark grey with narrow silver lateral stripe, ventral surface white; prominent elongate spot between opercle and preopercle above level with pectoral-fin origin; cheeks with clumped patches of melanophores; fins clear with scattered melanophores, pectoral fin with a slight yellow tinge.
habitats Inhabits coastal areas, particularly near coral reefs. Carnivorous, feeding mainly on small fishes. 
Distribution Distributed in the Northwest Pacific from Japan to Taiwan. It is found in western Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Is.. 
Utility Marketed fresh.