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Genus: Hemiramphus, Ballyhoo Halfbeak, Halfbeaks

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

snout no scales
no crest before eye
C very forked, lower lobe longer
A 10-13



Elongate and slender; no teeth; lower jaw extended into a long beak; upper jaw short, triangular, scaleless; nostrils in a pit before eye; no ridge just before eye; no spines in fins; dorsal and anal fins are at the rear of the body, dorsal origin well before anal origin; dorsal fin longer base than anal fin; pelvic fins are under the rear of the abdomen; pectoral fins high on the sides; tail fin deeply forked, lower lobe much longer; anal fin 10-13 rays; lateral line low on side of body; scales large and smooth.

This circumtropical genus has at least 10 species. One trans-Atlantic, one West Atlantic and one endemic occur in the Greater Caribbean.