Caught by Toby Lineaweaver and reported to me. Approximately 2 feet in length. Usually see smaller specimens in estuaries.
San Diego County, California, US
Single specimen approximately 25 cm in length. Next to dock in shallow waters.
Saw this needlefish hunting a halfbeak at Chek Jawa on 6Mar09.
The Beloniformes are an order of six families of freshwater and marine ray-finned fish: the Adrianichthyidae (ricefish and medakas); Belonidae (needlefish); Exocoetidae (flyingfishes); Hemiramphidae (halfbeaks); the Scomberesocidae (sauries) and the Zenarchopteridae (viviparous halfbeaks). With the exception of the Adrianichthyidae, these are streamlined, medium-sized fishes that live close to the surface of the water feeding on algae, plankton, or smaller animals including other fishes. Most are marine, though a few needlefish and halfbeaks inhabit brackish and fresh...