Greek, akestra, as = needle + Greek, rhyngchos = jaw
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Fishes of this family are characterized by very elongate (pike-like) bodies covered with relatively small scales. All teeth are conical and strong canines are present on the premaxilla, anterior part of the maxilla and the dentary. Small conical teeth are present on the ectopterygoid and minute conical teeth have been detected on the mesopterygoid of some species. Other exclusive features of the group are: first infraorbital covering almost completely the maxilla whent the mouth is closed; a branch of the laterosensory canal on the premaxilla; and rhinosphenoid bone in close contact with parasphenoid. The anal fin is falcate, never bearing hooks in sexually mature males and the origin of the dorsal fin is much nearer to caudal base than the tip of the snout.
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Biology & Physical Description
Life Cycle & Mating Behavior
Geographic Species Map (Fishbase.org Map)
Summary of Distribution: test
Note: Distribution range colors indicate degree of suitability of habitat which can be interpreted as probabilities of occurrence (fishbase.org)
Sport Fishing Techniques
Drift fishing allows you to fish over a variety of habitats as your boat drifts with the currents or wind movement. You can drift fish on the bottom or change the depth with a bobber or float. Natural baits work best. But jigs, lures and artificial flies will produce good results, too. You can drift fish on the ocean, as well as ponds, lakes, rivers and streams any time of the day and year..