Animal Species:Longfin Garfish, Euleptorhamphus viridis (Hasselt, 1823)
The Longfin Garfish is a long slender, silvery-coloured fish with an extremely long lower jaw and a short upper jaw.
Standard Common Name
Long-beaked Garfish, Longfinned Halfbeak.
The species grows to about 60 cm in length.
The Longfin Garfish occurs in the temperate Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to the southern coast of New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
It is a pelagic species that occurs in inshore and oceanic waters.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Longfin Garfish, Euleptorhamphus viridis, Hemiramphidae, long and skinny, silver, extremely long lower jaw, Long-beaked Garfish, Longfinned Halfbeak, elongate, ribbon-like body, 30 cm - 1 m, temperate water, marine, pelagic,