Indonesian Flyingfish, Cheilopogon katoptron (Bleeker 1866)

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Pectoral fins with pale oblique cross band, a uniformly pale dorsal fin, and noticeable jaw teeth. The species has elongate pelvic fins that are inserted nearer to the anal-fin origin than to the pectoral-fin insertion, and reach well beyond the anal-fin origin.
Juveniles have a pair of short tapering barbels bearing a proximal flap-like appendage.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Cheilopogon katoptron in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 May 2024,

Indonesian Flyingfish, Cheilopogon katoptron (Bleeker 1866)

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Off Adele Island, Western Australia, to west of Darwin, Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific, from Inodnesia to the Philippines and northern Australia. Mostly inhabits near-shore surface waters.


Scales before dorsal fin 23-26; teeth in jaws relatively large; only the first pectoral-fin ray unbranched.


The specific name is from the Greek katoptron (= mirror), possibly in reference to the silvery sides.

Species Citation

Exocoetus katoptron Bleeker 1866, Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor de Dierkunde 3: 115. Type locality: Sibogha, western Sumatra, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Indonesian Flyingfish, Cheilopogon katoptron (Bleeker 1866)


Bleeker, P. 1866. Sur les espèces d'Exocet de l'Inde Archipélagique. Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor de Dierkunde 3: 105-129 See ref at BHL

Motomura, H., Alama, U.B., Muto, N., Babaran, R.P. & Ishikawa, S. (eds.) 2017. Commercial and bycatch market fishes of Panay Island, Republic of the Philippines. The Kagoshima University Museum, Kagoshima, University of the Philippines Visayas, Iloilo, and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan. 1-246.

Parin, N.V. 1996. On the species composition of the flying fish species (Exocoetidae) in the west-central part of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology 36(5): 357–364 (as Cypselurus katoptron)  

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.

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CAAB Code:37233021

Habitat:Pelagic, oceanodromous

Max Size:24 cm SL

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