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Flying Gurnards (Family: Dactylopteridae) - Wiki
Subject: Flying Gurnards (Family: Dactylopteridae) - Wiki
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Flying Gurnards (Family: Dactylopteridae) - Wiki

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[Photo] Flying Gurnard, Dactylopterus volitans. Description Deutsch: Flughahn (Dactylopterus volitans) im Mittelmeer vor Ostkreta, Griechenland, ca. 3-5m Tiefe. Date 03.08.2006. Author Beckmannjan

The flying gurnards are a family, Dactylopteridae, of marine fish notable for their greatly enlarged pectoral fins.They have also been observed to "walk" along sandy sea floors while looking for crustaceans and other small invertebrates by using their pelvic fins. They are the only family in the suborder Dactylopteroidei.

The family is small, with seven species in two genera.

Genera and species

Genus Dactyloptena
Dactyloptena gilberti, Snyder, 1909
Spotwing flying gurnard, Dactyloptena macracantha (Bleeker, 1854)
Oriental flying gurnard, Dactyloptena orientalis (Cuvier, 1829)
Butterfly flying gurnard, Dactyloptena papilio Ogilby, 1910
Starry flying gurnard, Dactyloptena peterseni (Nystr??m, 1887)
Dactyloptena tiltoni, Eschmeyer, 1997

Genus Dactylopterus
Flying gurnard, Dactylopterus volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)
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