Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Beloniformes  
 Family Exocoetidae  
 Genus Cheilopogon  
  Cheilopogon cyanopterus  (Valenciennes, 1847) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Cypselurus bahiensisCypselurus cyanopterusCypselurus hewittiCypselurus lineatusCypselurus monroeiCypselurus smithiCypsilurus cyanopterusExocoetus albidactylusExocoetus bahiensisExocoetus cyanopterusExocoetus dussumieri details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999);Fishes of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Body elongate, broadly cylindrical. Head short. Snout blunt. Mouth small. Both jaws of equal length, or lower jaw a little longer than upper jaw; juveniles with a pair of very long tapering barbels. Gill rakers well developed. Dorsal fin with 12-15 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 9-10 soft rays; pectoral fins high on sides, strikingly long, always extending beyond posterior end of anal fin, only the first ray unbranched; pelvic fin long, extending beyond of anal fin when depressed; caudal fin deeply forked, its lower lobe longer than the upper. Scales large, cycloid, easily shed; predorsal scales 35-40; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 51-57 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin with distinct black region; pectoral fin bluish-black when alive, black in spirits; caudal fin uniformly dark.  
Habitat: Inhabits both neritic and oceanic surface waters. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding for long distances above the surface. Feeds mostly on crustaceans and other planktonic organisms; often attracted to lights at night. 
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and South Africa to southern Japan, Taiwan, Mariana, Caroline and Solomon islands, Queensland and the Arafura Sea. Western Atlantic: New Jersey, USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Guinea 
Utility: No importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.  
Name Code: 380870
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