Animal Species:Longfin Pike, Dinolestes lewini (Griffith, 1834)

The Long-finned Pike has an elongate, cylindrical body, large eyes and a large mouth. The species is endemic to temperate marine waters of southern Australia.

Standard Common Name

Longfin Pike

Alternative Name/s

Jack Pike, Long-finned Pike, Long-finned Seapike, Pike, Skipjack Pike, Yellowfin Pike

Identification

The Longfin Pike has an elongate, cylindrical body. It has a pointed snout, large eyes and a large mouth. The species is yellowish-brown above and silvery below.

Size range

The species grows to 90 cm in length.

Similar Species

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

Distribution

The Longfin Pike is endemic to 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 map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Dinolestes+lewini

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Longfin Pike specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
lewini
Genus:
Dinolestes
Family:
Dinolestidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  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.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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