Dinolestes lewini

Long-fin pike
Dinolestes lewini
Dinolestes lewini, Narooma, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Dinolestes lewini
Dinolestes lewini, adult, Sydney Harbour, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Dinolestes lewini
Dinolestes lewini, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Dinolestes lewini
Dinolestes lewini
Dinolestes lewini


Temperate Australasia


Can be confused with the unrelated striped seapike or perhaps with the snook, but the squatter body, yellow tail and long anal fin distinguish it from those species.It is abundant on southern reefs, sometimes in schools of hundreds of animals but more often alone or in pairs.


Max Size: 84 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 11.4-23.5°C

Depth: 0-60 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 37.79

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (46.7% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (15 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney