Hemiramphus bermudensis

Common Name

Bermuda Halfbeak

Year Described

Collette, 1962


Dorsal Fin: 13-15 (usually 14)
Anal Fin: 12-14 (usually 13)
Pectoral Fin: 10-12 (usually 11)
Pelvic Fin: 6
Gill Rakers: 37-45 (first arch)

Lower jaw elongate. Preorbital ridge absent and snout scaleless. Pectoral fin relatively short: does not extend past nasal opening when depressed forward. Caudal fin forked with lower lobe much longer than upper lobe.


Body bright silvery with a dark blue back. Tip of lower jaw red. Upper caudal lobe orange to yellow.


Maximum size to 44cm TL.


Inshore forming large schools near the surface.


Endemic to Bermuda.


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.

Other Notes

Hemiramphus brasiliensis is the sister species to this taxon from the mainland coast.