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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Hemiramphidae
Quoy's halfbeak
Hyporhamphus quoyi*
Family Hemiramphidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This long stick-like fish with a short, blunt lower jaw is sometimes seen on our shores. Usually seen alone near coral rubble or reefs.

Features: Those seen about 10-15cm, can grow to 30cm long. Often bright blue, the body is cylindrical. The lower jaw is not as elongated as those in other halfbeaks and has a reddish tip. Dorsal fin has black edges. Tail fin is forked.

Human uses: It is marketted fresh and dried salted.

Sisters Island, Dec 10

Pulau Semakau, Oct 11
Photo shared by Jerome Pang on facebook.

*Species are difficult to positively identify without closer examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Quoy's halfbeaks on Singapore shores

Photos of Quoy's halfbeaks for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Cyrene Reef, Jun 16
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