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Tropical two-wing flyingfish

Exocoetus volitans

Description: Classification / Names Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beloniformes (Needle fishes) > Exocoetidae (Flyingfishes) Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL Main reference Parin, N.V. 1996. (Ref. 27313) References | Biblio | Coordinator : Parin, Nikolay V. | Collaborators Size / Weight / Age Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9987); common length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217) Environment Marine; pelagic-neritic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range ? - 20 m Climate / Range Subtropical Distribution Widespread in tropical and subtropical zones of all oceans including the western Mediterranean Sea and part of the Caribbean Sea (Ref. 3720), probably absent in the inland seas of southeastern Asia (Sulawesi Sea, Sulu Sea, Flores, Banda, Ceram and Halmahera seas (Ref. 27313)), and the Benguela Current (Ref. 4498). Eastern Pacific: Mexico to central Chile; also the Galapagos and Hawaii. Western Pacific: Japan, Marshall Islands, Philippines, Australia (Ref. 5530), and Tahiti. Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Stocks Short description Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-15; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 12 - 14; Vertebrae: 43 - 46. Body dark, iridescent blue above, silvery white below; pectorals and caudal fin greyish, other fins not pigmented (Ref. 2797). Juveniles with or without black bars. Branchiostegal rays: 9-11 (Ref. 36606). Biology Glossary (e.g. epibenthic) Adults occur in surface waters, both near and far from the coast . Form schools. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding for long distances above the surface. Feed mostly on crustaceans and other planktonic animals. Preyed upon by swordfish, tunas and many other larger pelagic fishes . Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae .


In the wild - the Ionian Sea, Zachynthos - Greece :)

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99 Comments (1–25)

ReneeGiffordAdams 3 months ago

Wow it's beautiful!!

rams4d 4 months ago

Awesome, superb !!!

AyaanKhan 7 months ago

It's stunning

Abby Ccga
Abby Ccga a year ago

So beautiful

HazelMarley a year ago

That's amazing!

wiisttisd17 a year ago

The most amazing sitting I've seen so far! That fish is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Rustic 41
Rustic 41 a year ago

A beautiful image!

wow beautiful

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath a year ago

nice colour ,,beautiful

reptiwilder339 a year ago

love it awsome blue flying fish!!!!!

ceejayalyssa a year ago

wow! very pretty :)

jakesolitude a year ago

Amazing fish

AlejaPatiño 2 years ago

Awesome.... Beautiful blue!!!

DanielSpurgeon 2 years ago

Amazing! Beautiful!

AndreaLim 2 years ago

Stunning colors Elena! Great spotting!

ElenaNita 2 years ago

Thank you all of you!!!! Is a great honor for me ! Thank you Project Noah for choosing my photo to be "2012 Best Spotting of the Year" for the Fish category!

LarryGraziano 2 years ago

Great "color blue" mission foto!

AliHp 2 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 2 years ago

Wonderful! Congratulations!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 2 years ago

Beautiful spotting Elena! I love the colors on this one, definitely well-deserved!

Congratulations Elena!

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

Elena, your spotting taught me how unusual and beautiful fish can be!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Congratulations Elena super spot :):)

damn b

ShannaB 2 years ago


Δήμος Ζακύνθου, Περιφέρεια Ιόνιων νησιών, Greece

Lat: 37.78, Long: 20.90

Spotted on Jul 20, 2010
Submitted on Mar 20, 2012

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