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Family: Gasterosteidae Sticklebacks and tubesnouts

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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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