Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Beloniformes  
 Family Exocoetidae  
 Genus Cheilopogon  
  Cheilopogon unicolor  (Valenciennes, 1847) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Cypselurus unicolorExocoetus unicolor  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)
Character: Body elongate, broadly cylindrical. Head short. Snout blunt. Mouth small. Lower jaw a little longer than upper jaw; juveniles with a pair of barbels. Gill rakers well developed. Dorsal fin with 12-14 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 10-11 soft rays; pectoral fins high on sides, strikingly long, always extending beyond posterior end of anal fin, anterior 1 soft rays 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 28-33; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 49-55 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; pectoral fin transparent without dark dots; and caudal fins transparent.  
Habitat: Pelagic in open ocean and neritic surface waters. 
Distribution: Distributed in the Pacific Ocean from southern Japan, Philippines, and Queensland (Australia) to Hawaii and Tahiti. It is found in eastern and southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Minor importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried. 
Name Code: 380874
  
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