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Tropical two-wing flyingfish

Exocoetus volitans

Description:

http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Exocoetu... 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 .

Notes:

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


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98 Comments (1–25)

Abby Ccga
Abby Ccga 4 months ago

So beautiful

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 4 months ago

That's amazing!

wiisttisd17
wiisttisd17 10 months ago

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

Rustic 41
Rustic 41 10 months ago

A beautiful image!

Emiko Siddesh Rain
Emiko Siddesh Rain 11 months ago

wow beautiful

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath a year ago

nice colour ,,beautiful

reptiwilder339
reptiwilder339 a year ago

love it awsome blue flying fish!!!!!

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa a year ago

wow! very pretty :)

EnvUnlimited
EnvUnlimited a year ago

Wow!

jakesolitude
jakesolitude a year ago

Amazing fish

AlejaPatiño
AlejaPatiño a year ago

Awesome.... Beautiful blue!!!

DanielSpurgeon
DanielSpurgeon a year ago

Amazing! Beautiful!

AndreaLim
AndreaLim a year ago

Stunning colors Elena! Great spotting!

ElenaNita
ElenaNita a year 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
LarryGraziano a year ago

Great "color blue" mission foto!

AliHp
AliHp a year ago

beautiful...

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Wonderful! Congratulations!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau a year ago

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

Congratulations Elena!

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

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

Congratulations Elena super spot :):)

damn b

ShannaB
ShannaB a year ago

Congratulations!!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen a year ago

Congratulations Elena, well done

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner a year ago

Congratulations Elena!

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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