Marbled Hatchetfish

Marbled Hatchetfish

By Gary Bolton

Family: Gasteropelecidae

Species: Carnegiella strigata strigata

Size: 4.5cm (1 three quarter inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Upper

Habitat: Streams and rivers throughout Amazonia and Guyana

Remarks: Floating plants will provide the shade required for this subspecies.

Comments: This fish is very deep-bodied with a flat dorsal contour. The colour is normally silvery purple, but this specimen is showing green background colours. A dark line runs from the eye to the caudal peduncle, below which several dark, broken lines cross the lower body. Another dark line curves up along the front of the body. Pectoral fins are very well developed, whereas the pelvic fins are hardly noticeable. Very trange fish to watch and look at.


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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