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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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100 Comments (1–25)

The GeoDex
The GeoDex 5 years ago

Wow what a stunning animal :)

Cassie456 8 years ago

Wow it's beautiful!!

rams4d 9 years ago

Awesome, superb !!!

AyaanKhan 9 years ago

It's stunning

Abby Ccga
Abby Ccga 9 years ago

So beautiful

HazelMarley 9 years ago

That's amazing!

wiisttisd17 10 years ago

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

Rustic 41
Rustic 41 10 years ago

A beautiful image!

Emiko Siddesh Rain
Emiko Siddesh Rain 10 years ago

wow beautiful

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

nice colour ,,beautiful

reptiwilder339 10 years ago

love it awsome blue flying fish!!!!!

ceejayalyssa 10 years ago

wow! very pretty :)

jakesolitude 10 years ago

Amazing fish

AlejaPatiño 10 years ago

Awesome.... Beautiful blue!!!

DanielSpurgeon 10 years ago

Amazing! Beautiful!

AndreaLim 10 years ago

Stunning colors Elena! Great spotting!

ElenaNita 10 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 10 years ago

Great "color blue" mission foto!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 10 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Wonderful! Congratulations!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

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

Congratulations Elena!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Elena super spot :):)

damn b

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Zakinthos, Greece

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

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