Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    lewini
    Genus
    Dinolestes
    Family
    Dinolestidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 90 cm in length.

Introduction

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.

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.

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.

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Ozcam map of Longfin Pike specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Dinolestes%20lewini&zoom=off#mapView

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.