Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Beloniformes > Family: Hemiramphidae > Genus: Hemiramphus > Species: Hemiramphus balao

Balao halfbeak - Hemiramphus balao Lesueur, 1821

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Threat status Europe Not Applicable (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Agujeta balajú Spanish Fishbase
Balao halfbeak English Fishbase
Demi-bec balaou French Fishbase
Meia-agulha-preta Portuguese Fishbase
Póldziobiec balao Polish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Hemiramphus vittatus Valenciennes, 1843
Hemirhamphus balao Lesueur, 1821
Hemiramphus pleii Valenciennes, 1847
Hemirhamphus macrochirus Poey, 1860
Hemiramphus guineensis Bleeker, 1863
Hemiramphus brasiliensis (non Linneaus, 1758)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

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