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Species: Cypselurus callopterus, Beautyfin flyingfish, Ornamented flyingfish, Spotted flyingfish

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D 11-12, pale grey
pectoral & pelvic long; yellow + black spots
A pale grey; C dark grey

Cypselurus callopterus (Günther, 1866)

Beautyfin flyingfish, Spotted flyingfish, Ornamented flyingfish

Elongate, broadly cylindrical bodies; head short, snout short and blunt, much shorter than eye diameter; mouth small, lower jaw a little shorter than and enclosed by the upper jaw; at least some jaw teeth with 3 points; fins without spines; dorsal 11-12 rays; anal 8-10 rays; pectoral reaches past anal base, with 1st  ray unbranched; pelvics origin nearer anal origin than pectoral base, reach beyond anal origin, anal origin under middle of dorsal fin; lateral line low on the body, no branch to origin of pectoral; scales large, smooth, easily shed; 31-36 scales before dorsal fin.

Dark blue to blackish on back, silvery below; pectoral and pelvic fins yellowish with numerous black spots; dorsal and anal pale grey; tail dark grey.

Size: attains at least 28 cm.

Habitat: pelagic in surface waters.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Southern Baja and the western Gulf of California to Peru, and most of the offshore islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Offshore
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Surface
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 28
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5