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Oriental flying gurnard

Dactyloptena orientalis

Description:

The oriental flying gurnard is up to 40 centimetres (16 in) in length and is usually a grayish brown color with dark markings. The fish has huge, round pectoral fins having many dark markings and a bright blue edge. The pectoral fins are normally held against the body, but when threatened the fins are expanded in to scare predators which include sea breams and mackerel.Their name is derived from the French word 'gurnard' meaning to grunt, for the grunting sound this fish makes.

Habitat:

This flying gurnard inhabits the Indo-Pacific Oceans at depths up to 100 metres (330 ft). The flying gurnard uses its pelvic fins to walk along the bottom of the ocean. It feeds on bony fish, bivalves, and crustaceans.

Notes:

I have seen it at more or less 20 m depth.

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53 Comments (1–25)

Thanks, Jemma! :-)

Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago

awesome!!

Thanks!

remco.douma
remco.douma a year ago

Beautiful!

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Congrats Marta!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau a year ago

Congratulations, Marta! This fish is unbelievable! Wonderful spotting!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner a year ago

Well done Marta! I love this amazing creature :)

Marta, this is such a beautiful series! Congratulations!!!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh a year ago

Congratulations Marta!

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Felicidades, Marta!

Felicidades Marta este es uno de mis peces favoritos de todos :):)

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen a year ago

Congratulations Marta

Many thanks!! :-)

Arun
Arun a year ago

Congratulations Marta!

KarenL
KarenL a year ago

Congratulations Marta! This great series has been chosen as a runner up in the "2012 Best Spotting of the Year" Fish category!

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Kit kat
Kit kat a year ago

Cool

Just beautiful!!

sofiar1
sofiar1 2 years ago

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Liam
Liam 2 years ago

Incredible!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 2 years ago

Hermosa criatura Marta

Dina
Dina 2 years ago

Wonderful creature, congrats!!

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 2 years ago

Fabulous, congrats, well deserved

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 2 years ago

Awesome! Congrats!

bayucca
bayucca 2 years ago

Congrats for these impressive spottings!!

SushilBarai
SushilBarai 2 years ago

Congrats .

Negros Oriental, Philippines

Lat: 9.19, Long: 123.27

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Nov 1, 2012

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