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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Beloniformes  
 Family Exocoetidae  
 Genus Cypselurus  
  Cypselurus oligolepis  (Bleeker, 1865) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Cyselorus oligolepisCyselurus oligolepisExocoetus apusExocoetus brachysomaExocoetus neglectusExocoetus oligolepis  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. Pelvic fins inserted much nearer to head than origin of lower caudal-fin lobe. Snout blunt. Mouth small. Lower jaw a little shorter than upper jaw; juveniles without barbels. Gill rakers well developed. Dorsal fin with 12-13 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 8-9 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 28-32; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 44-46 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; pectoral fin dark without dark spots, semitransparent, and lower parts and tip transparent; caudal fins transparent.  
Habitat: Occurs in near-shore surface waters, never spread to open sea. Feeds on zooplankton and small fish. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding above the surface. 
Distribution: Widespread in the tropical Indian and western Pacific oceans from East Africa to southern China, Solomon islands, and Queensland (Australia). It is found in north, eastern and southern Taiwanese waters, and Penghu Is.. 
Utility: Minor importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried. 
Name Code: 380877
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