- Elongated lower jaw and long, cylindrical body
- Pectoral fin is short
- Pelvic fin extends past beginning of dorsal fin
- Tip of lower jaw and upper lobe of caudal fin orange-red
- Dorsal and anal fins lack scales
Similar Species: Other halfbeaks
Size: Up to 16 inches
Young are found in open waters. Adults found in bays and nearshore waters close to reefs.