Southern Garfish, <i>Hyporhamphus melanochir</i> Click to enlarge image
A Southern Garfish at a depth of 0.3 m, Sceale Bay, South Australia, 24 February 2009. Image: David Muirhead
© David Muirhead

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    melanochir
    Genus
    Hyporhamphus
    Family
    Hemiramphidae
    Order
    Beloniformes
    Superorder
    Acanthopterygii
    Subdivision
    Euteleostei
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

The Southern Garfish is a pelagic species that occurs in estuarine and inshore waters from southern New South Wales and around the south of the country to south-western Western Australia.