Beloniformes are widely distributed in temperate and tropical marine and fresh waters. Adrianichthyids are found in Asian fresh and brackish waters from India to Japan, and in the Indo-Australian archipelago. Belonids are found in the open ocean in tropical and temperate seas worldwide, with numerous species in the freshwaters of South America and some in Asia. Like marine belonids, scomberesocids are widely distributed in warmer waters of the open ocean. Exo-coetids are found in warm waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Hemiramphids have a similar distribution in marine waters, but have also invaded freshwaters, especially in the Indo-Australian region.
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