Abe's Flyingfish, Cheilopogon abei (Parin 1996)

Other Names: Leaping Flying-fish

Abe's Flyingfish, Cheilopogon abei, from a market in Mindanao, Saragani (Province), Philippines. Source: Jeffrey T. Williams / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A deep blue flyingfish with a pale underside, black pectoral fins with a broad yellowish bar, a large black patch on the dorsal fin, a black spot on the pelvic fins, a uniformly dark grey caudal fin, and small spots on the dorsal and pelvic fins.

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Abe's Flyingfish, Cheilopogon abei (Parin 1996)

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Off Exmouth, Western Australia, to off Burleigh Heads, Queensland. Elsewhere the species is pelagic in surface waters in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific. 


Dorsal fin 12-16; Anal fin 9-11; Lateral-line scales 43-47, with no branch on thorax; Predorsal scales 22-29; Vertebrae 41-43.
Head short, shorter than distance between dorsal fin origin and origin of upper caudal fin lobe; snout blunt, mouth small. Upper jaw not protrusible; lower jaw slightly projecting; palatine teeth present.
Scales large, cycloid, deciduous.
Dorsal fin high; anal fin originating behind dorsal-fin origin; first pectoral-fin ray unbranched; pelvic fins elongate, inserted closer to hind margin of head than origin of lower caudal-fin lobe, extending beyond anal fin base; juveniles with pair of short tapering barbels bearing proximal flap-like appendage

Species Citation

Cheilopogon abei Parin 1996, Voprosy Ikhtiologii 36(3): 303, fig. 1. Type locality: Western Pacific, near Admiralty Islands, 1°00'S, 148°00'E.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Abe's Flyingfish, Cheilopogon abei (Parin 1996)


Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293 

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961]

Parin, N.V. 1996. On the species composition of the flying fish species (Exocoetidae) in the west-central part of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Voprosy Ikhtiologii 36(3): 300-307 (English translation in Journal of Ichthyology 36(5): 357–364 

Parin, N.V. 1999. Family Exocoetidae. pp. 2162-2179 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. 2015. 128 Family Exocoetidae. pp. 954-964 in Roberts, C.D.,Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. (eds). The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

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CAAB Code:37233007

Depth:0-20 m

Habitat:Pelagic, oceanic

Max Size:25 cm SL

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