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| Common names: flyingfish (English), volador (Espanol) |
Exocoetus volitans Linnaeus, 1758
Tropical two-wing flyingfish
Elongate, broadly cylindrical bodies; head deep; snout shorter than eye, blunt, profile steep; mouth small, lower jaw a little longer than upper jaw; no teeth; 29-37 gill rakers; fins without spines; dorsal 13-15 rays; anal 12-15 rays; pectoral reaches to tail fin base, its 1st ray unbranched; pelvic fin with origin nearer pectoral base than anal origin, fin very short, ends well before anal origin; anal origin under dorsal fin origin; 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; normally 6 rows of scales between dorsal origin and lateral line; 16-21 scales before dorsal fin; juveniles with nape hump, no chin barbell.
Dark blue to blackish on back and upper sides, silvery white below; fins mainly pale or slightly dusky.
Maximum size: 30 cm.
Habitat: pelagic in surface waters, usually offshore.
Depth: 0-20 m.
Circumtropical distribution; in the eastern Pacific from the mouth of the Gulf of California to central Chile and the oceanic islands.