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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Hemiramphidae
Quoy's halfbeak
Hyporhamphus quoyi*
Family Hemiramphidae
updated Sep 2020

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. Body cylindrical, silvery, sometimes bright blue. 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.

Sisters Island, Dec 10
Human uses: It is marketted fresh and dried salted.

*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
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Cyrene Reef, Jun 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Tanah Merah, Jun 09
Photo shared by James Koh on flickr.


Tanah Merah, Jul 10
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

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

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