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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Beloniformes  
 Family Exocoetidae  
 Genus Cypselurus  
  Cypselurus poecilopterus  (Valenciennes, 1847) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Cheilopogon simusCypselurus pitcairnensisCypselurus poeciploterusCypselurus poicilopterusCypselurus simusCypsilurus poecilopterusCyselorus poecilopterusExocoetus poecilopterusExocoetus simus  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. 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 11-13 soft rays; Origin of anal fin behind 3rd soft ray of dorsal fin, and with 7-9 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 24-28; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 45-48 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; pectoral fin with numerous dark spots arranged in regular transverse bands; caudal fins transparent.  
Habitat: Inhabits neritic surface waters, rare in the open ocean. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding for long distances above the surface. 
Distribution: Widespread in the tropical Indian and western Pacific oceans from East Africa to southern Japan and Queensland (Australia). It is found in sourtheastern and northern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: Minor importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.  
Name Code: 380878
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