Cypselurus poecilopterus   (Valenciennes,  1847) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max size: About 21 cm standard length.

Color: dark above, pale below, the dark color usually iridescent blue or greenish-blue in life; dorsal fin greyish, sometimes with small dark spots (yellow with reddish spots in life); pectoral fins brownish-grey with numerous dark spots (yellowish-brown with black or brown spots in life); pelvic fins greyish-brown, sometimes with numerous small dark spots (yellow with brown spots in life).

Body elongate, thick, somewhat flattened ventrally. Head shorter than distance between dorsal fin origin and origin of upper caudal fin lobe; lower jaw a little shorter than the upper; upper jaw not protrusible; lower jaw included beneath the upper; palatine teeth (on roof of mouth) present. Dorsal fin with 11 to 13 rays, anal fin with 7 to 9 rays; anal fin origin 5 to 7 rays behind oriqin of dorsal fin; dorsal fin low, rays at anterior end the longest; pectoral fins strikingly long, 65 to 70% of standard length, only the first ray unbranched; pelvic fins abdominal, large, reaching well beyond anal fin origin, their insertion closer to anal fin origin than to pectoral fin insertion and much nearer to hind margin of head than to origin of lower caudal fin lobe. Pectoral branch of lateral line absent. Scale rows across back in front of dorsal fin (predorsal scales) 24 to 28. Juveniles without chin barbels.

It is capable of leaping out of the water and gliding for long distances above the surface.

Synonym (s)
Exocoetus poecilopterus Valenciennes, 1847
(Senior synonym)
Cypselurus poeciploterus (Valenciennes, 1847)
Cypselurus poicilopterus (Valenciennes, 1847)
Cypsilurus poecilopterus (Valenciennes, 1847)
Cyselorus poecilopterus (Valenciennes, 1847)

Common Name (s)
• Yellowing Flyingfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish)

Habitat:  Pelagic
Prey:  Zooplankton


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikader, BK (1982) The fauna of India (spiders: Araneae) ZSI, Calcutta 2(part 1-2) 1-536 Available at - NCL, Pune
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  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 2 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rajaram, R; Srinivasan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2004) Ichthyofaunal diversity of great Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal Journal of Indian fisheries association 31 13-26 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rajaram, R and Nedumaran, T (2009) Ichthyofaunal diversity in great Nicobar biosphere reserve, Bay of Bengal Journal of Threatened Taxa Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society 1(3) 166-169 Available at -

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