Scientific Name
Cheilopogon spilopterus  
Cheilopogon spilopterus點鰭鬚唇飛魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Valenciennes, 1847) Depth 0 - 20M
Chinese 點鰭鬚唇飛魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 飛魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F253 Exocoetidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 點鰭鬚唇飛魚 
Max Length 25 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 點斑鰭飛魚、飛烏 
Distribution in World East India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality Oualan, Carolines [Kosrae, Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, western Pacific] 
Synonyms Cypselurus spilopterus, Cypselurus spiloptetrus, Cypselurus spiloterus, Cypsilurus bilobatus, Exocoetus spilopterus   
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 ASIZP0070855. ASIZP0804855. ASIZP0804856. ASIZP0914855. ASIZP0914856. FRIP00329. NTUM06160.  
Common Name Black-tipped flyingfish; Manyspotted flyingfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, broadly cylindrical. Head short. Snout blunt. Mouth small. Both jaws of equal length, or lower jaw a little longer than upper jaw; juveniles with a pair of elongated and flattened rounded barbels. Gill rakers well developed. Dorsal fin with 12-14 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 10-11 soft rays; pectoral fins high on sides, strikingly long, always extending beyond posterior end of anal fin, only the first ray 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 26-29; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 46-50 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; pectoral fin varying number of small dark spots; caudal fin transparent.
habitats Occurs in neritic surface waters. Feeds on zooplankton and small fish. 
Distribution Distributed in the eastern Indian and western Pacific oceans from Andaman Sea to Samoa; north to southern Japan. It is rare and only found in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.