The American halfbeak has a long, skinny, tannish-green body with a silvery belly. It grows up to 7 inches in length. Its lower jaw, which has a fleshy red tip, is much longer than its upper jaw.


The American halfbeak feeds on algae and small organisms.

Reproduction and Life Cycle

Spawning occurs in the Bay during summer. Eggs attach themselves with adhesive fibers to floating blades of eelgrass.

Did You Know?

  • The American halfbeak is also known as Meeki’s halfbeak. It gets its name from its elongated lower jaw.
  • Halfbeaks are attracted to lights at night.
  • They are quick, agile swimmers that are difficult to catch with a net.

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