Cheilopogon suttoni   (Whitley & Colefax,  1938) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: FAO

Max size: About 28 cm standard length.

Color: Dark above, pale below, the color usually iridescent blue or greenish-blue in life; dorsal fin usually with a black spot; pectoral fins grey or brownish with numerous scattered dark spots; pelvic fins without spots (spotted in juveniles).

Body elongate, thick, somewhat flattened ventrally. Head approximately equal to distance between, dorsal fin origin and origin of upper caudal fin lobe; jaws of equal length; upper jaw not protrusible; lower jaw not included beneath the upper; palatine teeth (on roof of mouth) present. Dorsal fin with 12 to 14 rays, anal fin with 9 to 11; anal fin origin 4 to 6 rays behind origin 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 approximately at midpoint of distance between hind margin of head and origin of lower caudal fin lobe. Pectoral branch of lateral line absent. Scale rows across back in front of dorsal fin predorsal scales 34 to 40. Juveniles with 2 flattened chin barbels connecting at their bases, reaching to about 25% of standard length.

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

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Sutton's Flyingfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated
Prey:  Small fishes, zooplankton



Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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