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Species: Cheilopogon furcatus, Spotfin flyingfish

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D height<10% SL, no black
pectoral black + pale crossbar & broad pale margin
jaw teeth not noticeable
sides roof mouth: no teeth
juvenile: barbels >37% SL

Cheilopogon furcatus (Mitchill, 1815)

Spotfin flyingfish

Body elongate, rectangular in cross section; mouth small, short, blunt, lower jaw slightly longer than top jaw; jaw teeth minute, not noticeable to touch, conical; sides of roof of mouth without teeth; fins without spines; dorsal fin low, 12-14 rays; 8-11 anal rays, origin of fin under 5th-7th  dorsal ray; pectoral reaches past anal base, 1st ray unbranched; pelvic origin nearer operculum than base of tail fin, reaches just past anal base; tail deeply forked with a longer lower lobe; scales large, smooth, easily shed; 26-33 scales in front of dorsal fin; lateral line low on the body, no branch of lateral line to origin of pectoral. Juveniles with a pair of barbels >37% SL long under chin consisting of a stalk with a skin fold along the outside.

Dark above, pale below; dorsal and tail fins grey; anal fin transparent; pectorals dark blue-grey to blue-black, with clear diagonal bar across almost entire fin and broad clear rear margin; pelvics greyish. Juvenile: body with 6 bars; dorsal and anal fins with black spots; pectorals with dark lower part and 2 dark oblique bars; pelvics with dark spots and bars.

Size: 33 cm.

Habitat: surface pelagic, offshore.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Worldwide in the tropics; from 44N to ~18S in the W Atlantic.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
Habitat
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends South of GC
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 33
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5