Petalichthys capensis

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Petalichthys capensis
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beloniformes
Family: Belonidae
Genus: Petalichthys
Regan, 1904
Species: P. capensis
Binomial name
Petalichthys capensis
Regan, 1904

Petalichthys capensis, the Cape needlefish, is a species of needlefish endemic to coastal South Africa.


This species grows to a length of 35 centimetres (14 in) SL. P. capensis is found in large schools in pelagic-oceanic environments within subtropical climates.[1] The average length of this species as an unsexed male reaches to about 30 centimeters or 11.8 inches. Body coloration is a silver and blueish color.The eggs of this species can be found hanging onto objects within the water, as they have tendrils that latch onto the objects.[2]


  1. ^ "Petalichthys capensis". Fish Base. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cape Needlefish". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 8 March 2013.