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Long-finned Pike
Dinolestes lewini (Griffith, 1834)

Long-finned Pike
A Long-finned Pike at a depth of 13m, Pebbly Bay, Montague Island, New South Wales, January 2000. View larger image.
Long-finned Pike
A Long-finned Pike at a depth of 13m, Pebbly Bay, Montague Island, New South Wales, January 2000. View larger image.

The Long-finned Pike has an elongate, cylindrical body. It has a pointed snout, large eyes and a large mouth.

This species is yellowish-brown above and silvery below.

It grows to 90cm in length.

The Long-finned Pike is endemic to (only occurs in) temperate marine waters of southern Australia. It is known from the central coast of New South Wales, around the south of the country, including Tasmania, and north to south-western Western Australia.

The Long-finned Pike could be confused with barracudas. The distinguishing features to note are the long-based dorsal and anal fins of the Long-finned Pike.

View a map of the collecting localities of specimens in the Australian Museum Fish Collection.

Further reading

  1. Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books. Pp. 544.
  2. Glover, C.J.M. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  3. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  5. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
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