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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Hemiramphidae
Twig-like halfbeak
awaiting identification*
Family Hemiramphidae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? This small twig-like fish is sometimes seen near seagrasses in our Southern shores. Often in small groups of a handful of individuals. Floating on the surface, they are often dismissed as twigs or floating rubbish. However, they quickly dart away when they sense danger.

Those seen about 2-3cm long, sometimes up to 5cm. Body short and cylindrical, usually brown with bars or speckles. Upper jaw short with rounded tip. Lower jaw broad and not very elongated, often flared at the tip into irregular shapes that resembles a dead leaf. The shadow cast by the fish does resemble a twig. Dorsal fin dark.

The fishes grouped here may be different species.

Tanah Merah, Jul 11

Tanah Merah, Jun 11

Tanah Merah, Jul 11

Shadow cast resembles a twig.
Pasir Ris, Apr 10

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

Twig-like halfbeaks on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Tanah Merah, Aug 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Sentosa Serapong, May 16
Photo shared by Ian Siah on facebook.

Big Sisters Island, Sep 20
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

St John's Island, Oct 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Terumbu Bemban, Apr 11
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.
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