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Atlantic Needlefish (S. marina)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beloniformes
Family: Belonidae
Genus: Strongylura
van Hasselt, 1824
Type species
Strongylura caudimaculata
van Hasselt, 1824[1]

Strongylura is a genus of needlefishes from the family Belonidae which is distributed throughout the tropical and warmer temperate waters of the world, including some species which live in freshwater.


Currently, there are 14 recognized species in this genus:[2]


It is thought that the genus Strongylura is not monophyletic.[3]


  1. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Strongylura". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). Species of Strongylura in FishBase. April 2019 version.
  3. ^ Bruce B. Collette (September 2003). "Family Belonidae Bonaparte 1832" (PDF). Annotated Checklist of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. 16. ISSN 1545-150X.