(Péron & Lesueur, 1821)
A highly reflective, silvery fish with a thin, elongate body and long, narrow, pointed jaws and a forked tail. Upper and lower jaws of nearly equal length, about one and a half times the length of the head. May have a darkish bar, or bars on the gill cover. Base of the tail with a black lateral keel on each side. Lower lobe of the tail larger than the upper one.
Size up to 1.5 m.
Hover or swim just below the surface, just outside the surf zone in shallow bays, and occasionally above reefs and open water. Depth range 0 - 13 m.
Occasional Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.
Juveniles resemble these of the Flat and Keeltail needlefish (Ablennes hians and Playbelone argalus). The Ballyhoo (Hemiramphus brasiliensis) and Balao (Hemiramphus balao) have an extremely short upper jaw.