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Stripe-nosed halfbeak
Zenarchopterus buffonis
Family Zenarchopteridae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This stick-like fish with a luminous tip at the end of the long pointed lower jaw is almost always seen under the main bridge at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, floating at the water surface. Usually in groups of many individuals.

To about 23cm long. Body long, cylindrica silveryl. Lower jaw elongated and spike-like with a bright white tip that seems to glow in the water. It has a prominent dark line along the centre of the lower jaw so it does appear to have a stripe on its 'nose'. Upper jaw very short.

What does it eat? It seems to feed mainly on insects that have fallen into the water.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Jan 04

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Feb 11

Upper jaw very short.

Stripe-nosed halfbeaks on Singapore shores

Photos of Stripe-nosed halfbeaks for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map



  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
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