flying fish

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flying fish

a species of fish (Cypselurus californicus) in which the pectoral fins are enlarged and act as aerofoils when the fish leaps out of the water, enabling it to glide up to 50 m, possibly to escape predators.
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Bulk weights of flyingfishes were also kept separate from the numbers of flyingfishes landed, but these weights were not converted to numbers of fish.
Landings of flyingfishes were not reported until the early 1990's (Table 1).
The larger flyingfishes, Cypselurus and Exocoetus, were similar in length to halfbeaks (Fig.
Otolith increment formation of flyingfishes larvae, Cypselurus heterurus doederleini and Cypselurus hiraii under rearing conditions.
The only species frequently collected besides halfbeaks were Flyingfishes (Exocoetidae: Cypselurus and Parexocoetus) and needlefishes (Belonidae: Ablennes and Tylosaurus).
Epipelagic-cephalopod taxa were most important in the diet of the common dolphinfish caught east of 82[degrees]41'W and south of 1[degrees] 46'S, and flyingfishes were most important in the diet of those caught west of 81[degrees]W.
equiselis, flyingfishes, and galatheid red crabs (Pleuroncodes planipes) in advanced states of digestion.
One of the two dolphinfish in the 651-800 mm size group contained remains of flyingfishes and the other contained tetraodontid puffers.