Fodiator acutus (Valenciennes, 1847)
Sharpchin flyingfish
photo by FAO

Family:  Exocoetidae (Flyingfishes)
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 30 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific and Eastern Atlantic: USA; Dakar, Senegal to Luanda, Angola. Records from the western Atlantic (off Suriname and in the Caribbean Sea) seem doubtful.
Biology:  Neritic, oceanic and epipelagic species (Ref. 27000) at surface (Ref. 96339). Capable of leaping out of the water and gliding for long distances above the surface.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 July 2012 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 06.03.20
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 29.08.94

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