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| Common names: flyingfish (English), volador (Espanol) |
Cheilopogon atrisignis (Jenkins, 1903)
Elongate, broadly cylindrical body that is relatively deep (depth < 16% of SL); head short, < 22% of SL; snout short and blunt; 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; 14-16 dorsal rays; 9-10 anal rays; pectoral reaches past anal base, its 1st ray unbranched; pelvic origin nearer operculum than base of tail fin, fin long, reaches past anal origin; anal origin under 6th 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; 33-34 scales in front of dorsal fin; juveniles with 2 fused barbels under chin.
Red-brown above, silver below; dorsal grey with dark spot in middle; pectorals dark, with numerous small black spots, rear border narrowly clear; anal clear; tail grey-brown; pelvics rays grey, membrane clear.
Size: 33 cm.
Habitat: surface pelagic, around offshore islands.
Depth: 0-5 m.
Indo-Pacific; the Revillagigedos and the Galapagos.