Platybelone argalus argalus
| Ecological Descriptors
P. argalus argalus is the subspecies found in Antigua
Long slender body, silver on flanks with geenosh/ blue back. Body not much deeper than eye diameter and tail fin lobes of nearly equal size, alough lower slightly larger (cf Houndfish). Wide flattened lateral keel on caudal peduncle (tail base). Beak long and slender, with lower jaw slightly longer than upper.
This epipelagic species hovers near the surface, both offshore and in shallower waters. Feeds on fish. Depth range 0 to 5 m (0-15ft).
Reproduction is via external fertilization. Eggs are attached to floating objects by tendrils on the surface of the eggs.