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Species: Prognichthys glaphyrae, Gyre Flyingfish, Oceanic Bluntnose Flyingfish

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eye 67-83% head behind eye
pectoral pale , center greyish (2 large black blotches in juv)
A 10 (9-11)

Prognichthys glaphyrae Parin, 1999

Gyre Flyingfish, Oceanic Bluntnose Flyingfish

Elongate, nearly rectangular in cross-section, almost flat below; snout short; eye large (67-83% of head behind eye); mouth small, short, blunt, lower jaw a little shorter than upper and enclosed by latter when mouth is shut; jaw teeth small, mostly conical, sides of roof of mouth without teeth; fins without spines; dorsal fin low, 11-13 rays; anal fin with 9-11 (usually 10) soft rays, its origin under 3rd-5th dorsal ray; pectoral reaches past anal base, 1st 2 rays unbranched; pelvic fin reaches nearly to end of anal fin, its origin closer to operculum than to tail fin base; tail deeply forked with a longer lower lobe; scales large, smooth, easily shed; lateral line low on the body, no branch of lateral line to origin of pectoral. Juveniles without chin barbels; robust and blunt snouted; pectorals and pelvics of similar length.

Dark iridescent blue above, abruptly silver below; dorsal and tail fins greyish; anal clear; pectorals greyish to greenish in center, outer 1/4 of tips, rear margin and lower part transparent; pelvics mostly greyish to greenish, especially in middle. Juvenile: < 4 cm dark body and fins; larger fish with pectorals black below and at rear, rest pale.

Size: 25 cm.

Habitat: inshore pelagic.

Depth: surface, 0-5 m?

Atlantic; 30N to 20S.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 25
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5