Hyporhamphus collettei

Common Name

Collette's Halfbeak

Year Described

Banford, 2010


Dorsal Fin: 13-16 (usually 14-15)
Anal Fin: 15-18 (usually 16-17)
Pectoral Fin: 9-10
Pelvic Fin: 6
Gill Rakers: 26-32

Body relatively slender. Preorbital ridge present and snout covered in scales. Lower jaw elongate. Pectoral fin relatively short: does not extend past nasal opening when depressed forward*. Caudal fin moderately forked, with lower lobe enlarged.


Body silvery with a greenish back and a silvery lateral stripe. Lower jaw tipped with red.


Maximum size to 168mm SL.


Inshore sandy areas near the surface.


Endemic to Bermuda.


Banford, H. M. 2010. Hyporhamphus collettei, a new species of inshore halfbeak (Hemiramphidae) endemic to Bermuda, with comments on the biogeography of the Hyporhamphus unifasciatus species group. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington v. 123 (no. 4): 345-358.

Other Notes

An insular sister species to Hyporhamphus unifasciatus.