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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Hemiramphidae
Black-barred halfbeak
Hemiramphus far
Family Hemiramphidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This rather plump halfbeak with dark bars on the sides of its body is sometimes seen near reefs.

Features: Those seen about 20cm, can grow to 40cm long. Body long, cylindrical and plump. It has a forked tail, upper lobe of the tail is yellowish and shorter than the lower lobe. 3 to 9 short black bars on the side of the body. Lower jaw elongated but not very long compared to the body. The tip of the lower jaw may be reddish. It breeds in estuaries.

What does it eat? The adults feed on seagrasses and to a lesser extent, green seaweeds and diatoms.

Human uses: Considered tasty, it is marketed fresh and dried.

Tanah Merah, Dec 09

Sultan Shoal Lighthouse, Jan 11

Black-barred halfbeaks on Singapore shores

Photos of Black-barred halfbeaks for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

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