Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beloniformes
(Needle fishes) > Hemiramphidae
Etymology: Hyporhamphus: Greek, hypo = under + Greek, rhamphos = beak, bill (Ref. 45335); naos: Named for the Naos Island, Bay of Panama, where the species is common and the site ot the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Marine Laboratory.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - ? m. Tropical
Eastern Pacific: from Baja California, with strays north to San Diego, CA, south to Paita, Peru and in the Galapagos Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 22.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 42105)
(total): 12-16. This species is distinguished by the following characters: dorsal and anal fin bases of adults are covered with scales; first gill arch rakers total 29-39, second gill arch rakers total 21-28; pelvic to caudal extension falls anterior to opercle and posterior to upper jaw; for continental population, pelvic to caudal distance usually 0.44-0.47 to SL; preorbital length to orbital diameter usually greater than 0.70 (in 81% of 119 specimens examined) (Ref. 42105).
Inhabits inshore, coastal and estuarine; found along sand beaches, in lower tidal streams and mangroves. Usually encountered in schools at the surface of the water (ref. 42105).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Banford, H.M. and B.B. Collette, 2001. A new species of halfbeak, Hyporhamphus naos (Beloniformes: Hemiramphidae), from the tropical eastern Pacific. Rev. Biol. Trop. 49(1):39-49. (Ref. 42105)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00240 (0.00108 - 0.00531), b=3.10 (2.92 - 3.28), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .