Hemiramphus

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Hemiramphus
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beloniformes
Family: Hemiramphidae
Genus: Hemiramphus
G. Cuvier, 1816
Type species
Esox brasiliensis
Linnaeus, 1758[1]
Species

See text.

Synonyms[2]
  • Ardeapiscis Whitley, 1931
  • Farhians Whitley, 1930

Hemiramphus is a genus of schooling marine fish commonly called halfbeaks, garfish, or ballyhoos, and are members of the family Hemiramphidae. They inhabit the surface of warm temperate and tropical sea, and feed on algae, plankton, and smaller fish. Hemiramphus species are edible but are more important as food fish for larger predatory species including dolphinfish and billfish.

Species[edit]

A young blackbarred halfbeak (Hemiramphus far).

There are currently 12 recognized species in this genus:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Hemiramphus". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  2. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Hemiramphidae genera". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). Species of Hemiramphus in FishBase. August 2012 version.