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The Flying Gurnards, Family Dactylopteridae

By Bob Fenner

Dactyloptena orientalis

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Family Info: Two genera, seven species. Distributed in the tropical Atlantic and Indo-Pacific. Walk on the bottom, where they hunt invertebrate food. Make noise by stridulating their hyomandibular bones. Seen more and more as aquarium specimens. Some to 50 cm. in length.

Dactyloptena orientalis (Cuvier 1829), the Oriental Flying Gurnard. Indo-Pacific; Red Sea, East Africa to Hawai'i, Tuamotus, Marquesas. To 40 cm. Demersal; lives on shallow sandy bottoms. Only member of genus found on oceanic islands. N. Sulawesi images.

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Dactylopterus volitans (Linnaeus 1758), the Flying Gurnard.  Eastern and western Atlantic coasts. To ninety cm. total length (most much smaller). Feeds primarily on benthic crustaceans, especially crabs, clams and small fishes. Aquarium images.


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