Agujon Needlefish


The⁤ Aguja Needlefish, scientifically known as ⁤Tylosurus acus, is a marine species belonging to the familial group Belonidae.

Conservation Status

The Aguja Needlefish is ⁢categorized as ⁣a⁤ species ⁢of Least Concern⁣ under the IUCN Red List, with population fluctuations ⁢being subject to minimal human-induced threats and conservation⁣ efforts primarily centering on maintaining their natural sea and oceanic habitats.


Statistic Value
Length (Average) 1.0⁤ m
Length ​(Range) 0.4 – 1.4 m
Weight (Average) 3 kg
Weight (Range) 1​ – 6 kg
Average Lifespan 8​ years


The Aguja ‍Needlefish is sporadically distributed throughout ‌the ⁤Atlantic Ocean, particularly off the coasts of ⁤Europe⁢ and Africa, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. No known migration patterns‍ exist⁣ for this species, with individuals largely remaining⁤ within their respective⁢ catchment areas.


Being an oceanic creature, the Aguja‍ Needlefish favors the salinity of oceanic ‌and sea waters, living comfortably within depths ranging from near-surface right down to 200 m.‍ A hardy fish, ⁢it can withstand a wide range of temperatures from 10 ​to 28 degrees ⁣Celsius.

When and Where to ‍See

Given their widespread distribution,​ the Aguja Needlefish can be seen throughout the ⁤year ‌across different sections of the‍ Atlantic and⁢ Mediterranean. They are most active during ⁣dawn and dusk.

Best Fishing⁢ Locations

Based on reported sightings, the following locations are ideal for angling Aguja Needlefish. These include the North Sea (UK), Adriatic Sea (Italy), ‌Aegean ⁢Sea‌ (Greece), Ionian Sea (Albania), Strait of Gibraltar (Spain), Gulf of Cadiz (Spain), Madeira (Portugal),​ and ⁤the Canary⁤ Islands⁣ (Spain).

How to ​Catch

The Aguja Needlefish is responsive to lures, ‌particularly silver spoons. Techniques such as trolling and pitch fishing​ are effective. The most promising time to angle ⁤is during⁤ dusk and ⁣dawn.

Identification Guide

Characterized by their elongated bodies, the Aguja Needlefish has‍ a distinct blue-green color on its ​backside with a silver‍ underbelly. Their streamlined anatomical structure and unique nose differentiate them from ⁢similar ‌species.


The Aguja Needlefish has a mild flavor and low-fat profile. ​It can be​ cooked in numerous ways including grilling, ‍broiling,⁢ and frying. ​Nutrient-wise, it⁣ is a good source ⁢of protein.

Additional Information

The Aguja Needlefish is ⁤a predatory species, feeding primarily on⁢ smaller fish.‍ Known ⁢predators include ​dolphins, sharks, and larger fish species.

References⁣ and Further Reading

To learn more about Aguja⁢ Needlefish, the following resources‌ are recommended:
FishBase – Aguja Needlefish
European Environment Agency -⁢ Aguja Needlefish
IUCN‌ Red⁣ List – Aguja Needlefish