Scientific Name
Cypselurus poecilopterus  
Cypselurus poecilopterus斑鰭飛魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Valenciennes, 1847) Depth 0 - 20M
Chinese 斑鰭飛魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 飛魚科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F253 Exocoetidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 花鰭燕鰩魚 
Max Length 27 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 小烏、飛烏、花烏(澎湖) 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、West、South、North、PonFu、ShaoLiuChew、Greeb IS. 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality Nouvelle-Bretagne [New Britain Island, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, Bismarck Sea, western Pacific] 
Synonyms Cypselurus poeciploterus, Cypselurus poicilopterus, Cypsilurus poecilopterus, Cyselorus poecilopterus, Exocoetus poecilopterus   
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 ASIZP0065033. ASIZP0075180. ASIZP0075181. ASIZP0075182. ASIZP0075233. ASIZP0080484. ASIZP0805884. ASIZP0805889. ASIZP0806219. ASIZP0806656. ASIZP0806657. ASIZP0806658. ASIZP0806707. ASIZP0915884. ASIZP0915889. ASIZP0916219. ASIZP0916656. ASIZP0916657. ASIZP0916658. ASIZP0916707. BMNH1866.6.8.1. BMNH1866.6.8.2. FRIP00325. FRIP00326. FRIP20138. FRIP21065. FRIP21706. NMMBP03380. NMMBP06682. NMNSF00532. NTUM03552. NTUM04853. NTUM06159. NTUM06166.  
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Common Name Yellowing flyingfish; Yellowfin flying fish; Yellow-wing flyingfish; Spotwing flyingfish; Spotted 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 11-13 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 7-9 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 24-28; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 45-48 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; pectoral fin with numerous dark spots arranged in regular transverse bands; caudal fins transparent.
habitats Inhabits neritic surface waters, rare in the open ocean. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding for long distances above the surface. 
Distribution Widespread in the tropical Indian and western Pacific oceans from East Africa to southern Japan and Queensland (Australia). It is found in sourtheastern and northern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility Minor importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.