Scomberesox saurus saurus
Esox saurus Walbaum, 1792, Cornwall and British seas.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Atlantic needlefish; French: Aiguille de mer; German: Echsenhecht; Spanish: Alcrique.
Maximum length 19.7 in (50 cm). Elongate and needlefish-like, but with toothless jaws and finlets following the dorsal and anal fins.
Mediterranean, North Atlantic, rarely Iceland, Norway, Denmark.
Surface waters of the open ocean.
Schooling fishes that travel long distances through the open ocean. Spawn in warmer waters, migrate to plankton-rich temperate waters to feed. Leap out of the water when pursued by predators.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Zooplankton and fish larvae.
External fertilization, eggs scattered in open water.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Said to have delicious flesh, but not abundant enough to support a large fishery.
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