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hatchet fish species

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by fishme., Dec 15, 2008.

  1. fishme.

    fishme. New Member 5 Year Member

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    hello everybody

    i have a non cichlid question for today :)
    how many species of hatchets exist ? i have only found two but saw photos that show more species
    are there more than two ?

    thank's , Nick
  2. ed seeley

    ed seeley Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Well there are two Carnegiella species commonly seen, C.strigata (Marbled Hatchetfish) and C,marthae (Black-winged Hatchet) and a number of larger Silver species in Thoracocharax and Gasteropelecus. Plus even larger species that look like semi-hatchets with less pronounced sternums.
  3. fishme.

    fishme. New Member 5 Year Member

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    thank's Ed you were more than helpfull
  4. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    There are 3 genera of hatchetfish family Gasteropelicidae:

    Carnegiella with 4 species: C. marthae, C. myersi, C. schereri, and C. strigata with 2 subspecies (C. s. strigata & C. s. fasciata) and several geographic forms.

    Gasteropelecus with 3 species: G. levis, G. maculatus, and G. sternicla.

    Thoracocharax with 2 species: T. securis and T. stellatus.

    This is from a wonderful site belonging to Rainer Massmann called Das Salmlernetz (The Tetra Net): http://www.salmlernetz.de. It is one of the best website on a group of fish out there, on par with planet-catfish, and cichlidroom companion. The only problem for most of you is that it is only in German.
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    Ruki Member 5 Year Member

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