Oriental flying gurnard


  • Often recorded singly.
  • When divers approach, it may open its large pectoral fins and swim away quickly.
  • May appear to “walk” along the sea bottom with claw-like pelvic fins.
  • Feeds on crustaceans, clams and small fishes.


  • Body grey to light brown, with numerous brown spots.
  • Long, box-like body shape.
  • Pectoral fins large and fan-like, displaying numerous blue and brown spots and wavy blue lines when opened.
  • First dorsal fin long.

Common Name: Oriental flying gurnard

Family Common Name: Flying Gurnards

Scientific Name: Dactyloptena orientalis___(Cuvier, 1829)

Maximum Length: 40 cm (Total Length)