Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Dactylopteriformes
(Flying gurnards) > Dactylopteridae
Etymology: Dactyloptena: Greek, daktylos = fingers + Greek, pten, -enos = wing, fin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range - 400 m (Ref. 100719), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to Japan and the Ogasawara Islands, south to northern Australia, including the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819). Russia in Peter the Great Bay, northward to Olga Bay (Ref. 56557).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 36.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56557)
Found on the shelf and shelf edge (Ref. 11230), over sandy bottoms in coastal areas. Feeds on benthic crustaceans (Ref. 5213). Rarely used as food.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley, 1989. Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5234 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.50 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 284 [139, 648] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.13 [0.69, 2.06] mg/100g ; Protein = 17.4 [15.9, 18.8] % ; Omega3 = 0.243 [0.106, 0.714] g/100g ; Selenium = 95.5 [47.2, 253.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 8.4 [3.4, 20.1] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.2 [0.8, 1.9] mg/100g (wet weight);