Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Beloniformes  
 Family Exocoetidae  
 Genus Cheilopogon  
  Cheilopogon suttoni  (Whitley & Colefax, 1938) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Cypselurus suttoniMaculocoetus suttoni  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 elongated and flattened rounded barbels. Gill rakers well developed. Dorsal fin with 13-15 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 9-11 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 38-42; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 56-59 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin with distinct black region; pectoral fin redding and semitransparent, with many dark dots, without larged black spot near the tip; caudal fin transparent.  
Habitat: Found in neritic and oceanic surface waters. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding above the surface. Feeds mainly on planktonic organisms and small fish. 
Distribution: Widely distributed in the Indian and western Pacific oceans from Gulf of Aden to 140°E. It is found in eastern and southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Minor importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh, dried.  
Name Code: 380873
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