Scientific Name
Hirundichthys speculiger  
Hirundichthys speculiger尖鰭細身飛魚
by: ©The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Author (Valenciennes, 1847) Depth 0 - 20M
Chinese 尖鰭細身飛魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 飛魚科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F253 Exocoetidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 尖鰭文鰩魚 
Max Length 30 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 細身飛魚、飛烏 
Distribution in World global   Distribution in Taiwan East、South、LanI Is. 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality Mauritius, Mascarenes, southwestern Indian Ocean 
Synonyms Cypselurus hyperistius, Cypselurus speculiger, Exocoetus hyperistius, Exocoetus nigripennis, Exocoetus nigripinnis, Exocoetus polleni, Exocoetus speculiger, Exocoetus volitans, Exonautes nonsuchae, Hirundichthys speculiger praecox   
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 FRIP00547. NTUM03556.  
Common Name Cuvier's flying fish; Flyingfish; Mirrorwing 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 without barbels. Gill rakers well developed. Dorsal fin with 10-12 soft rays; Origin of anal fin slightly before, under or not more than 2 rays behind origin of dorsal fin, and with 11-13 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 30-34; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 50-55 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without black region; pectoral fin uniformly black except transparent region at middle margin; pelvic fin with dark area; caudal fin transparent.
habitats Found in oceanic surface waters. Spawns throughout the year in warm waters. 
Distribution Widespread in tropical zone of all oceans, probably absent in the inland seas of Southeast Asia. It is found in eastern and southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.