IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: flyingfish (English), volador (Espanol)
Cheilopogon dorsomacula (Fowler, 1944)

Backspot flyingfish

Elongate, broadly cylindrical body; head ~ 25% of SL; snout short and blunt; mouth small, jaws ~ equal length, or lower a little longer, top one not protrusible; jaw teeth with 1 point, sometimes with smaller secondary points; sides of roof of mouth with teeth; fins without spines; 12 dorsal rays; 9-10 anal rays; pectoral reaches past anal base, its 1st  ray unbranched; pelvic origin nearer operculum than base of tail fin, fin long, reaches past anal origin; anal origin under 6th  dorsal ray; tail deeply forked with a longer lower lobe; lateral line low on the body, no branch to origin of pectoral; scales large, smooth, easily shed; 24 scales in front of dorsal fin; juveniles with 2 fused barbels under chin.

Brown above, red-brown on nape; silver on sides and below;  3 wide red-brown bars before pelvic fins and 3 behind; dorsal white, with large black spot on rear half; anal white; pectoral white, with black oblique bar near base of fin, black outer half and narrow clear to white rear margin; tail with upper lobe white, base and rear border grey, without clear tips; pelvics with white base, black outer part.

        Size: 23 cm.

Habitat: oceanic pelagic

Depth: 0-20 m.

        Pacific; the Galapagos and Ecuador.


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