Hemiramphus balao

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
HemiramphidaeHemiramphus balaoLesueur1821Balao

Hemiramphus balao

Unique Characters: Lower jaw distinctly elongate. Total gill rakers on first arch 25-46. Pectoral-fin soft rays usually 7-12. Dorsal-fin soft rays 12-17. Pectoral fins short to moderate; pectoral-fin soft rays 9-12. Caudal fin deeply forked. Scales absent on snout. Preorbital ridge absent. Pectoral fins moderate, reaching beyond anterior margin of nasal pit when folded forward. Anal-fin soft rays 10-13, usually 11 or 12. Upper caudal-fin lobe blue in life.

Similar Species: Ballyhoo Hemiramphus brasiliensis. Lower jaw distinctly elongate. Total gill rakers on first arch 25-46. Pectoral-fin soft rays usually 7-12. Dorsal-fin soft rays 12-17. Pectoral fins short to moderate; pectoral-fin soft rays 9-12. Caudal fin deeply forked. Scales absent on snout. Preorbital ridge absent. Pectoral fins short, not reaching nasal pit when folded forward. Anal-fin soft rays 12-14, usually 13. Upper caudal-fin lobe reddish orange in life.

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