Hemiramphus archipelagicus   Collette & Parin,  1978 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Maximum about 34 cm total length; standard length 23 cm (from tip of upper jaw to base of caudal fin).

Color: Dark bluish above, silvery white below, without any vertical bars on sides. Beak dark with a bright red fleshy tip.

An elongate fish with a greatly prolonged, beak-like lower jaw; upper jaw short, triangular and scaleless; preorbital ridge (bony ridge behind nostril) absent. Total number of gillrakers on first gill arch 25 to 32; 6 to 8 on upper, and 19 to 24 on lower limb of arch. No spines in fins; dorsal fin rays 12 to 15; anal fin rays 10 to 13; pectoral fins short, not reaching past nasal pit when folded forward and with 11 to 13 rays, usually 12; caudal fin deeply forked, lower lobe much longer than upper. Predorsal scales 32 to 37, usually 34 to 36.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Jumping Halfbeak (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh and dried salted)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• West Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 2 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org

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