Cypselurus comatus

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
ExocoetidaeCypselurus comatus(Mitchill)1815Clearwing Flyingfish

Cypselurus comatus

Unique Characters: Pectoral fins very long, reaching beyond anal-fin base to or almost to caudal-fin base. Pectoral branch of lateral line absent. Pelvic fins long, reaching well beyond anal-fin origin, inserted nearer to anal-fin origin than pectoral-fin insertion. Origin of anal fin 3 soft rays or more behind origin of dorsal fin. Dorsal fin 2-5 soft rays more than anal fin. Only the first pectoral-fin ray unbranched. Juveniles with a single chin barbel. Pelvic fins inserted about midway between posterior head margin and origin of lower caudal-fin lobe. Lower jaw slightly shorter than upper jaw and included beneath the latter when mouth closed. Pectoral fins lightly and almost uniformly pigmented.

Similar Species: None.

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