Cheilopogon furcatus   (Mitchill,  1815) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Maximum size: About 30 cm standard length.

Color: Dark above, pale below, the dark color usually iridescent blue or greenish-blue in life; dorsal fin not pigmented, without a black spot; pectoral fins greyish with a pale margin, the central portion crossed by a pale transverse stripe becoming narrower toward fin margin; pelvic fins without spots.

Body elongate, thick, somewhat flattened ventrally. Head considerably shorter than distance between dorsal fin origin and origin of upper caudal fin lobe; lower jaw usually somewhat longer than the upper; upper jaw not protrusible; lower jaw not included beneath the upper; palatine teeth (on roof of mouth) absent. Dorsal fin with 12 to 14 rays, anal fin with 9 to 11 rays; anal fin origin 5 to 7 rays behind origin of dorsal fin; dorsal fin low, rays at anterior end the longest; pectoral fins strikingly long, 60 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 present. Scale rows acrossback in front of dorsal fin predorsal scales 26 to 33. Juveniles with a pair of short chin barbels (less than 35% of standard length), without lateral flaps.

Synonym (s)
Cheilopogon unicolor (Valenciennes, 1846)

Common Name (s)
• Spotfin Flyingfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Zooplankton


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • 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 -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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