Cheilopogon pinnatibarbatus pinnatibarbatus (Bennett, 1831)
Bennett's flyingfish
photo by FAO

Family:  Exocoetidae (Flyingfishes)
Max. size:  40 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 10 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Cape Finisterre, Spain to Senegal, one record from Liberia, also Azores, Canary, Cape Verde, Ascension and St. Helena Islands. Reported from São Tomé Island (Ref. 34088). Western Atlantic: off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar (Ref. 32000). There are subspecies in most subtropical seas.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found in near-shore waters. Tends to occur near land or islands in cooler waters. Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding for long distances above the surface. Feeds on zooplankton and small fishes. Eggs with filaments over entire surface (Ref. 6523).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.03.94
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 07.05.15
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 29.08.94

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