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Species: Hemiramphus saltator, Jumping halfbeak, Longfin halfbeak

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snout no scales
no crest before eye
D&A at rear of body
D origin before A origin
C very forked, lower lobe longer

Hemiramphus saltator Gilbert & Starks, 1904

Longfin halfbeak, Jumping halfbeak

Elongate and slender; lower jaw extended into a long beak; upper jaw short, triangular, scaleless; no teeth; nostrils in a pit before eye; no ridge just before eye; lower gill rakers 25-32; 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;dorsal rays 12-15 (usually 13-14); anal rays 11-13 ;  pelvic fins are under the rear of the abdomen; pectoral fins high on the sides, usually 11, fins relatively long, reaching beyond nasal opening when folded forward; tail fin deeply forked, lower lobe much larger; lateral line low on side of body; scales large and smooth.
Bluish on back, silvery on side of head and body, and white ventrally; lower jaw blackish with red or orange tip.
Size: grows to 55 cm.
Habitat: surface inshore waters.
Depth: 0-5 m?
Southern Baja to the Gulf of California to Chile; the Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos the Revillagigedos and Malpelo.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 55
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5