Gasteropelecus levis

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Gasteropelecus levis
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Gasteropelecidae
Genus: Gasteropelecus
G. levis
Binomial name
Gasteropelecus levis

The silver hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus levis) is a member of the genus Gasteropelecus in the family Gasteropelecidae. It is a relatively small fish that is often kept in aquariums. It is compressed laterally, with black and gold lines running along its side, adults will grow up to 3.5 cm in the wild and 6 cm in the aquarium.[1]

In the aquarium[edit]

It has the capability of "flying" out of an aquarium, so precautions should be taken. It uses the ability to "fly" to catch insects.

See also[edit]


  • "Gasteropelecus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 6 June 2006.