FLYING GURNARDS
DACTYLOPTERIDAE
Flying Gurnard
Dactylopterus volitans
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Be 90 Cru, Mol, Pisc, I F
 
 
Description:
Body in shades of gray to yellow brown with white spots. Snout blunt.
Pectoral fins very large and fan-like, often with a brilliant, iridescent blue line and dot markings.  It has sharp cephalic spines which are covered in venomous/poisonous glands.

Ecology
Benthic on mud, sand or over rocks in sandy areas, exploring bottom with the free part of the pectoral fins, at depths from 1 to 80 m. Tthe sudden spreading of the colourful pectoral fins alarms potential predators. Usually observed foraging in sand channels as opposed to directly on reefs and mainly feeds on benthic crustaceans, especially crabs, clams and small fishes. Only member of the genus.

Life Cycle:
Pelagic spawner.
Flying Gurnard
Flying Gurnard
(C) Roberto Pillon
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