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Oriental flying gurnard

Dactyloptena orientalis


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.


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.


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

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51 Comments (1–25)

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Thanks, Jemma! :-)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago


remco.douma 10 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Congrats Marta!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

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

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Well done Marta! I love this amazing creature :)

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

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Congratulations Marta!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Felicidades, Marta!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

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

MacChristiansen 11 years ago

Congratulations Marta

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

Many thanks!! :-)

Arun 11 years ago

Congratulations Marta!

KarenL 11 years ago

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

Kit kat
Kit kat 11 years ago


Just beautiful!!

Liam 11 years ago


Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 11 years ago

Hermosa criatura Marta

Dina 11 years ago

Wonderful creature, congrats!!

C.Sydes 11 years ago

Fabulous, congrats, well deserved

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome! Congrats!

bayucca 11 years ago

Congrats for these impressive spottings!!

SushilBarai 11 years ago

Congrats .

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

An amazing fish! Congratulations!

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Dauin, Central Visayas, Philippines

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

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