Scientific name Belone belone
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1761
IUCN category LC
Family Belonidae
Genus Belone
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Belone belone, commonly known as garpike, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    45 cm
  • Maximum size
    104 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    45 cm
  • Maximum size
    104 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the garpike ?

The garpike measures between 45 and 104 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly bleu, argent and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The garpike is a fish living in shoals naturally found near to the surface. This species is carnivorous .


  • Reproduction
    ovipare oeufs flottants

The garpike is a fish ovipare oeufs flottants.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    9 - 20 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 3 m

Biotope presentation

The garpike is most often found at a depth between 0m and 3m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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