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Beloniformes  -  Exocoetidae  -  Hirundichthys  -  Hirundichthys rondeletii

Hirundichthys rondeletii

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pectoral black + clear edge
D origin over A origin
D & C dusky

A & pelvic clear

pectoral - rays 1-2 unbranched
pelvic origin nearer A than pectoral base
A origin under D origin


Hirundichthys rondeletii (Valenciennes, 1847)

Blackwing flyingfish

Elongate, broadly cylindrical bodies; head short, snout short and blunt; mouth small, jaws about equal in length; jaw teeth conspicuous, conical; sides of roof of mouth with teeth; fins without spines; 10-12 dorsal rays; 11-13 anal rays 1st  2 pectoral rays unbranched, fin reaches past anal base; dorsal fin usually with fewer or equal number of rays to anal; anal origin under or just behind dorsal origin; pelvic origin nearer anal origin than pectoral base, fin long, reaching past anal origin; tail deeply forked with a much longer lower lobe; lateral line low on the body, no branch to origin of pectoral; scales large, smooth, easily shed; 27-32 scales before dorsal fin; juveniles without barbels under chin.

Body dark iridescent blue above, silvery below; pectoral black, with narrow clear rear margin; dorsal and tail fins dusky, other fins clear; in juveniles the dorsal fin is clear with a dark outer blotch and the paired fins are black.

        Size: 32 cm.

Habitat: oceanic pelagic.

Depth: surface, 0-20 m.

        Circumsubtropical, off California to southern Baja, the Gulf of California to Chile; the oceanic islands.

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