Myer’s Hatchetfish

Myer’s Hatchetfish

By Gary Bolton

Family: Gasteropelecidae

Species: Carnegiella myersi

Size: 2.5cm (1 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Upper

Habitat: Streams and rivers of Peru and Bolivia

Remarks: This is the smallest hatchetfish in the family.

Comments: The dorsal contour of this typically deep-bodied hatchetfish is almost flat. Body colouration is light greenish yellow above a dark line that runs from the eye to the caudal peduncle; below the line it is silver. The pectoral fins are well developed and reach back to the dorsal fin which carries a dark spot. Pelvic fins are hardly noticeable. If you ask me these are a rather strange lokking fish, but fun to keep none the less. I’d say these are well worth having as a s they look nice in a well planted tank setup.


This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place.

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