Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Beloniformes  
 Family Exocoetidae  
 Genus Exocoetus  
  Exocoetus volitans  Linnaeus, 1758 
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Synonyms:Exocaetus commersonniiExocaetus volansExocaetus volitansExocetus volitansExocoetus commersoniiExocoetus commersonniiExocoetus evolansExocoetus volansExocoetus volitans vagabundusHalocypselus evolansHalocypselus mesogaster  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; juveniles without barbels. Gill rakers well developed, with 30-34 gill rakers on first gill arch. Dorsal and anal fins with 13-15 soft rays; pectoral fins high on sides, strikingly long, always extending beyond posterior end of anal fin, anterior 1 soft rays unbranched; pelvic fins short, not reaching anal-fin origin, inserted nearer to pectoral-fin insertion than to anal-fin origin; caudal fin deeply forked, its lower lobe longer than the upper. Scales large, cycloid, easily shed; predorsal scales 17-20; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 43-48 scales; as a rule 6 transverse rows of scales between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; dorsal side of pectoral fin from anterior margin to 5th or 6th rays dark. 
Habitat: Adults occur in surface waters, both near and far from the coast. Form schools. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding for long distances above the surface. Feed mostly on crustaceans and other planktonic animals. Preyed upon by swordfish, tunas 
Distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical zone of all oceans, probably absent in the inland seas of Southeast Asia. It is very common in all Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Minor importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.  
Name Code: 380880
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