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Arrhamphus sclerolepis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Scientific name  Arrhamphus sclerolepis
Higher classification  Arrhamphus
Order  Beloniformes
Family  Hemiramphidae
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
Genus  Arrhamphuus Günther, 1866
Similar  Beloniformes, Oxyporhamphus micropterus, Hyporhamphus, Zenarchopterus, Buffon's river garfish

Arrhamphus sclerolepis is the only species in the genus Arrhamphus of halfbeak found in coastal waters of the Indo-West Pacific around Papua New Guinea and Australia, and in the freshwaters of adjacent river systems. Considered a good game fish, but of little commercial value either as food or as an aquarium fish. This species is known to anglers in Australia as the snub-nosed gar. The species is distinguished from most other halfbeaks by the lower jaw being only slightly longer than the upper jaw.


This species currently has two recognized subspecies:

  • Arrhamphus sclerolepis krefftii (Steindachner, 1867) Southeastern snub-nosed garfish
  • Arrhamphus sclerolepis sclerolepis Günther, 1866 Northern snub-nosed garfish
  • References

    Arrhamphus sclerolepis Wikipedia

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