Alternative names: long tom
The flat needlefish occurs in tropical and subtropical seas in the eastern Atlantic it is known from the Cape Verde Islands and Mauritania south through the Gulf of Guinea to the Congo and Mocamedes in southern Angola, the western Atlantic, the Indo-Pacific, throughout Indonesia and the Philippines, the Hawaiian Islands to the eastern Pacific from Baja, Mexico south to Peru. It prefers offshore surface waters, having a depth range between 0 and 12 meters.
The species is long and slender and can reach a length of up to 95 centimeters. It has a long and narrow beak with multiple sharp teeth. Its body is generally in light colours and it has a single dorsal fin.
They are capable of making short jumps out of the water at up to 60 km/h.