Spoonfin River Garfish, Zenarchopterus dispar (Valenciennes 1847)

Other Names: Feathered River-garfish, Spoon-fin Garfish, Viviparous Garfish

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Spoonfin River Garfish, Zenarchopterus dispar (Valenciennes 1847)

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Although rare, the species is very widespread in the Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits brackish and freshwaters, and occurs in the upper reaches of lakes, and in the freshwater reaches of rivers,


Dianne J. Bray

Spoonfin River Garfish, Zenarchopterus dispar (Valenciennes 1847)


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CAAB Code:37234011

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Habitat:Freshwater to marine

Max Size:19 cm TL

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