Scientific Name
Cypselurus oligolepis  
Cypselurus oligolepis寡鱗斑鰭飛魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Bleeker, 1865) Depth 0 - 20M
Chinese 寡鱗斑鰭飛魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 飛魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F253 Exocoetidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 少鱗燕鰩魚 
Max Length 27.7 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 寡鱗飛魚、飛烏 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan North、Greeb IS. 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality Singapora; Jakarta, Java; Boleling, Bali; Sumatra; Makasar, Sulawesi [Celebes]; Labuha, Batjan; Neira, Banda Islands 
Synonyms Cyselorus oligolepis, Cyselurus oligolepis, Exocoetus apus, Exocoetus brachysoma, Exocoetus neglectus, Exocoetus oligolepis   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)  Bleeker, P. 1865 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 
Specimen List ASIZP0065039. ASIZP0065053.  
Common Name Short flyingfish; Largescale flying-fish; Largescale flyingfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate, broadly cylindrical. Pelvic fins inserted much nearer to head than origin of lower caudal-fin lobe. Snout blunt. Mouth small. Lower jaw a little shorter than upper jaw; juveniles without barbels. Gill rakers well developed. Dorsal fin with 12-13 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 8-9 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 28-32; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 44-46 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; pectoral fin dark without dark spots, semitransparent, and lower parts and tip transparent; caudal fins transparent.
habitats Occurs in near-shore surface waters, never spread to open sea. Feeds on zooplankton and small fish. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding above the surface. 
Distribution Widespread in the tropical Indian and western Pacific oceans from East Africa to southern China, Solomon islands, and Queensland (Australia). It is found in north, eastern and southern Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Is.. 
Utility Minor importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.