IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: flyingfish (English), volador (Espanol)
Cheilopogon xenopterus (Gilbert, 1890)

Whitetip flyingfish,     Sparrow flyingfish

Body elongate, cylindrical; head short; snout short; mouth small, jaws ~ equal length, or lower a little longer, top one not protrusible; jaw teeth with 1 point, sometimes with smaller secondary points; sides of roof of mouth with teeth; fins without spines; 12-13 dorsal rays; 9-10 anal rays; pectoral reaches past anal base its 1st  ray unbranched; pelvic origin nearer operculum than tail fin base, fin reaching well onto anal fin base; anal origin under ~ 3rd  dorsal ray; tail deeply forked with a longer lower lobe; lateral line low on the body, no branch to origin of pectoral; scales large, smooth, easily shed; 24-30 scales before dorsal fin; juveniles with 2 fused barbels under chin

Black above, abrupt transition to silver below; dorsal fin grey with large dark spot on outer margin; pectorals silvery black, with clear margin and clear transverse bar across inner half; pelvics black, with clear margin around entire fin; tail fin black, tips clear; anal clear.

        Size: 22 cm.

Habitat: oceanic and coastal.

Depth: surface, 0-5 m.

        Central and eastern Pacific; the tip of Baja and the mouth of the Gulf of California to Ecuador, and all the oceanic islands.


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