Limpid-wing Flyingfish, Cheilopogon unicolor (Valenciennes 1847)

Other Names: Limpidwing Flyingfish

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Limpid-wing Flyingfish, Cheilopogon unicolor (Valenciennes 1847)

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North of Cape York, Queensland, to off Port Macquarie, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-Pacific.


The species is named unicolor in reference to the uniform purplish-grey color of pectoral fins.

Species Citation

Exocoetus unicolor Valenciennes, in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1847, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 19: 97. Type locality: Vanikoro Island, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Limpid-wing Flyingfish, Cheilopogon unicolor (Valenciennes 1847)


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. 

Valenciennes, A. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1847. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 19 544 pp. pls 554-590. See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37233023

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Epipelagic, oceanic

Max Size:38 cm TL

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