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Genus: Prognichthys, Flyingfishes


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pectorals pass A base, 1st 2 rays unbranched
pelvics pass A origin, origin nearer A origin than pectoral insertion
A origin under/behind 3rd D ray
juvenile: no chin barbels

PROGNICHTHYS

FLYINGFISHES

Elongate, broadly cylindrical bodies; head short, snout short and blunt; mouth small, short, blunt; lower jaw a little longer; fins without spines; pectoral reaches past anal base, its 1st 2-4 rays unbranched; pelvic fin with origin nearer anal origin than pectoral base, fin long, reaches past anal origin; anal origin under or behind 3rd dorsal ray; tail deeply forked with a longer lower lobe; 22-28 scales on nape before dorsal fin; scales large, smooth, easily shed; lateral line low on the body, no branch to origin of pectoral; juveniles without chin barbells.

A circumtropical genus with about 6 species; 1 Atlantic and 1 W Atlantic species in our area.