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  Stripe-nosed Halfbeaks

 

Thailand

Stripe-nosed Halfbeaks. The name halfbeak derives from the fact that the lower jaw is long and spear-like, and the upper jaw somewhat shorter, an arrangement that allows these fish to easily feed on floating debris, especially fallen insects. There is a distinctive black line running along the center of the upper jaw, and a pale spot on the tip of the lower jaw that seems to glow in the water, reminiscent of a fluorescent, yellowish-green, felt-tipped marker. This spot may be effective in attracting insects, their main source of food. See also List of Thai Animal Names.