Euleptorhamphus velox

Common Name

Flying Halfbeak

Year Described

Poey, 1868


Dorsal Fin: 21-25
Anal Fin: 19-24
Pectoral Fin: 7-9
Pelvic Fin: 6
Gill Rakers: 26-35
Vertebrae: 71-73

Lower jaw extremely elongate. Pectoral fins noticeably elongate. Anal and dorsal fins with long bases. Lower caudal lobe enlarged.


Body bright silvery with an olive back. Lateral stripe silvery. Lower jaw often banded.


Maximum size to 281mm TL.


Oceanic; usually near the surface and often gliding for short distances.


Massachusetts to S. Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.


Collette, B.B. 2002. Hemiramphidae (pp 1135-1144). In: Carpenter. 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 2: Bony fishes part 1 (Acipenseridae-Grammatidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5.

McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.