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Cheilopogon spilopterus (Valenciennes, 1847)
Lesser Spotted Flying-fish; Manyspotted Flyingfish; Exocoetus spilopterus Valenciennes, 1847

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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Beloniformes  
 Family Exocoetidae  
 Genus Cheilopogon  
  Cheilopogon spilopterus    (Valenciennes, 1847) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms: Cypselurus spilopterus Cypselurus spiloptetrus Cypselurus spiloterus Cypsilurus bilobatus Exocoetus spilopterus   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 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, 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 26-29; lateral line without branch at throrax, with 46-50 scales. Body deep blue above, pale below; dorsal fin without distinct black region; pectoral fin varying number of small dark spots; caudal fin transparent.  
Habitat: Occurs in neritic surface waters. Feeds on zooplankton and small fish. 
Distribution: Distributed in the eastern Indian and western Pacific oceans from Andaman Sea to Samoa; north to southern Japan. It is rare and only found in southern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility: No importance to fisheries. Sometimes marketed fresh or dried.  
Name Code: 380872
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