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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 9 years ago

Thanks, Jemma! :-)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago


remco.douma 9 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Congrats Marta!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

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

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Well done Marta! I love this amazing creature :)

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

Congratulations Marta!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Felicidades, Marta!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

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

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Congratulations Marta

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Many thanks!! :-)

Arun 9 years ago

Congratulations Marta!

KarenL 9 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 10 years ago


Just beautiful!!

Liam 10 years ago


Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago

Hermosa criatura Marta

Dina 10 years ago

Wonderful creature, congrats!!

C.Sydes 10 years ago

Fabulous, congrats, well deserved

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome! Congrats!

bayucca 10 years ago

Congrats for these impressive spottings!!

SushilBarai 10 years ago

Congrats .

CarolSnowMilne 10 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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