Scientific Name
Cheilopogon arcticeps  
Cheilopogon arcticeps弓頭唇鬚飛魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Günther, 1866) Depth 0 - 20M
Chinese 弓頭唇鬚飛魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 飛魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F253 Exocoetidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 弓頭唇鬚飛魚 
Max Length 21 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 弓頭飛魚、飛烏 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan North East 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality China 
Synonyms Cypselurus arcticeps, Cypsilurus brevis, Exocoetus arcticeps   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List FRIP00811. NMMBP04475.  
Common Name White-finned flyingfish; Big-eye flying fish; Bearhead flyingfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, broadly cylindrical. Head short. Snout blunt. Mouth small. Lower jaw a little longer than upper jaw; juveniles with a pair of barbels. Gill rakers well developed. Dorsal fin with 11-13 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 8-10 soft rays; pectoral fins high on sides, strikingly long, always extending beyond posterior end of anal fin, anterior 1 soft rays unbranched; pelvic fin long, extending beyond of anal fin when depressed; caudal fin deeply forked, its lower lobe longer than the upper. Scales large, cycloid, easily shed; predorsal scales 26-32; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 46-52 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; pectoral fin dark with transparent oblique band at middle; and caudal fins transparent.
habitats Pelagic in nearshore and neritic surface waters, never spread to open sea. 
Distribution Widely distributed in the Western Pacific from Viet Nam to Solomon Islands; north to southern Japan; and south to northern Australia. It is mainly found in eastern and southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.