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Species: Euleptorhamphus velox, Flying Halfbeak

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body = very compressed ribbon
C deeply forked
beak very long
pectoral very long



Euleptorhamphus velox Poey, 1868

Flying Halfbeak

Body very long, slender, ribbonlike, the greatest depth 16.1-23.5 in SL; upper jaw short and triangular, lower jaw much elongated, its length 2.2-2.7 in SL; jaw teeth in bands, weak, 3-pointed on lower jaw; teeth on tongue and roof of mouth; 26-35 gill rakers; dorsal rays 21-24; anal rays 20-24, origin behind dorsal origin; pectoral rays 8 (1 short); pectoral fins very long, ~25% SL; tail deeply forked, lower lobe larger; scales large and smooth.

Silvery on sides, bluish or greenish above; fins unpigmented.

Size: grows to 61 cm (28.1 cm SL).

Habitat: surface pelagic in offshore waters.

Depth: 0-5 m?

East and west Atlantic; Massachusetts to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 61
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5