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Family: Gasterosteidae Sticklebacks and tubesnouts



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Western Atlantic
Max. Length 6.4 cm TL
Apeltes quadracus (Mitchill, 1815)

Photo by Photo by Eakins, R.
 
Apeltes quadracus
[Fourspine stickleback]



North America
Max. Length 8.7 cm TL
Culaea inconstans (Kirtland, 1840)

Photo by Photo by The Native Fish Conservancy
 
Culaea inconstans
[Brook stickleback]



Circumarctic and temperat
Max. Length 11 cm TL
Gasterosteus aculeatus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Photo by Busse, K.
 
Gasterosteus aculeatus
[Three-spined stickleback]
No picture found

Max. Length 6.5 cm SL

 
Gasterosteus crenobiontus
[Techirghiol stickleback]
No picture found

Max. Length 5.5 cm SL

 
Gasterosteus islandicus
[]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 5.5 cm SL

 
Gasterosteus microcephalus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 7.9 cm SL

 
Gasterosteus nipponicus
[]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 7.6 cm TL
Gasterosteus wheatlandi Putnam, 1867

Photo by Photo by Eakins, R.
 
Gasterosteus wheatlandi
[Blackspotted stickleback]
No picture found


 
Pungitius bussei
[]



Europe
Max. Length 4.5 cm SL
Pungitius hellenicus Stephanidis, 1971

Photo by Photo by Keivany, Y.
 
Pungitius hellenicus
[]



Euorope
Max. Length 8 cm SL
Pungitius laevis (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Photo by Keivany, Y.
 
Pungitius laevis
[Smoothtail ninespine stickleback]



Europe and Asia
Max. Length 6 cm SL
Pungitius platygaster (Kessler, 1859)

Photo by Photo by Artaev, O.
 
Pungitius platygaster
[Southern ninespine stickleback]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 5.1 cm SL
Pungitius polyakovi Shedko, Shedko & Pietsch, 2005

Photo by Photo by Shedko, S.V.
 
Pungitius polyakovi
[]



Circumarctic
Max. Length 9 cm TL
Pungitius pungitius (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Hartl, A.
 
Pungitius pungitius
[Ninespine stickleback]



Asia
Max. Length 9 cm SL
Pungitius sinensis (Guichenot, 1869)

Photo by Photo by Kim, I.-S.
 
Pungitius sinensis
[Amur stickleback]
No picture found


 
Pungitius stenurus
[]



Asia
Max. Length 7 cm TL
Pungitius tymensis (Nikolskii, 1889)

Photo by Photo by Keivany, Y.
 
Pungitius tymensis
[Sakhalin stickleback]



Northeast Atlantic
Max. Length 22 cm SL
Spinachia spinachia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Svensen, E.
 
Spinachia spinachia
[Sea stickleback]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Apeltes quadracus Fourspine stickleback Western Atlantic 6.4 TL 1815
Culaea inconstans Brook stickleback North America 8.7 TL 1840
Gasterosteus aculeatus Three-spined stickleback Circumarctic and temperat 11 TL 1758
Gasterosteus crenobiontus Techirghiol stickleback Europe 6.5 SL 1956
Gasterosteus islandicus Europe 5.5 SL 1874
Gasterosteus microcephalus Asia 5.5 SL 1854
Gasterosteus nipponicus North Pacific 7.9 SL 2014
Gasterosteus wheatlandi Blackspotted stickleback Western Atlantic 7.6 TL 1867
Pungitius bussei Asia 1888
Pungitius hellenicus Europe 4.5 SL 1971
Pungitius laevis Smoothtail ninespine stickleback Euorope 8 SL 1829
Pungitius platygaster Southern ninespine stickleback Europe and Asia 6 SL 1859
Pungitius polyakovi Northwest Pacific 5.1 SL 2005
Pungitius pungitius Ninespine stickleback Circumarctic 9 TL 1758
Pungitius sinensis Amur stickleback Asia 9 SL 1869
Pungitius stenurus Asia 1876
Pungitius tymensis Sakhalin stickleback Asia 7 TL 1889
Spinachia spinachia Sea stickleback Northeast Atlantic 22 SL 1758



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