The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.
Belone platura, Bennett.
Belone platura, Bennett, Proc. Zool. Soc, 1830, p. 168; Rüppell, N.W, Fische, p. 73, pl. xx., fig. 1.
Although I have named the single Belone obtained, as above, I cannot be certain of the determination. Its characters, however, on the whole ally it with this species.
Native name, "Kashufi."
Hemirhamphus balinensis, Bleeker.
Hemirhamphus balinensis, Bleeker, Nat. Tydschr. Ned. Ind., xvii., p. 170.
I was at first inclined to regard this "half-beak" as H. intermedius. It agrees more nearly with Bleeker's species, and as Cantor has decided that they are specifically distinct, I have no alternative but to name our single example as above. It is not in good condition, and therefore not suitable for purposes of re-description. In company with Flying Fish, the Hemirhamphi were attracted to the canoes at night by means of flaming palm brands, and were secured in hoop nets within the lagoon.