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Species: Hyporhamphus meeki, False Silverstripe Halfbeak, Meek's Halfbeak

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snout > 70% eye
gill rakers 33-39
scales cover D & A

Hyporhamphus meeki Banford & Collette, 1993

False Silverstripe Halfbeak, Meek's Halfbeak

Elongate and slender; no teeth; lower jaw extended into a long beak; upper jaw short, triangular, covered with scales, distance from tip of top jaw to eye >70% of eye diameter; nostrils in a pit before eye; well developed ridge just before eye; gill rakers 33-39 (31-40); dorsal rays 14-15 (12-17); anal rays 14-17 (15-17); anal fin origin under dorsal fin origin; pectoral rays 10-13 (usually 11-12), fins relatively short, not reaching nostril when folded forward; tail fin concave; dorsal and anal fins covered with scales.

Greenish on back, silvery white below; 3 distinct narrow black lines along back from head to dorsal fin; beak with fleshy red tip; tail pale, with dark border.

Size: reaches 22 cm.

Habitat: surface inshore and estuarine waters.

Depth: 0-30 m.

Masachusetts to the Yucatan.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 22
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30