Cypselurus callopterus (G√ľnther, 1866)
Ornamented flyingfish
Cypselurus callopterus
photo by Robertson, R.

 Family:  Exocoetidae (Flyingfishes)
 Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range - 0 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Mexico to Ecuador.
 Diagnosis:  Body elongate, cylindrical, and thick; snout blunt, shorter than eye diameter; lower jaw slightly shorter than upper jaw and hidden by it; fins lacking spines; pectoral fins set high on body, extremely long, surpassing midpoint of dorsal fin; anal fin origin located behind dorsal fin origin by at least 3 or more rays; back iridescent blue green; belly yellowish white, pectoral fins with numerous, dark checkered spots (Ref. 55763).
 Biology:  Epipelagic in coastal waters. Capable of leaping and gliding considerable distances above the surface.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 28.06.95
 Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 04.04.17

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