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Oriental flying gurnard

The Oriental flying gurnard, Dactyloptena orientalis, is a flying gurnard of the family Dactylopteridae found in the Indo-Pacific Oceans at depths down to 328.08 ft (100 m). Their length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm).

The oriental flying gurnard has huge, round pectoral fins. The fins are usually held against the body, but when threatened they can expand the ‘wings’ to scare off a predator.

The pelvic fins act like ‘legs’ as the fish ‘walks’ along the bottom of the ocean. They also grunt. Coming from a French term, the word ‘gurnard’ means to grunt.

The ‘wings’ have many dark markings and the edge of the fins is a bright blue. Its body is usually a grayish brown color with dark markings.

They feed on bony fish, bivalves, and crustaceans. Predators include sea breams and mackerel.

Oriental flying gurnard