SELECT DISTINCT SPECIES.Genus AS ResultField1, SPECIES.Species AS ResultField2, SPECIES.Author AS ResultField3, SPECIES.FBname AS ResultField4, SPECIES.FamCode AS ResultField5, SPECIES.SpecCode AS ID_Field, SPECIES.Length AS ResultField6, SPECIES.LTypeMaxM AS ResultField7, SPECIES.LengthFemale AS ResultField20, SPECIES.LTypeMaxF AS ResultField21, synonyms.year, FAMILIES.CommonName, FAMILIES.Family FROM (SPECIES LEFT JOIN synonyms ON SPECIES.SpecCode = synonyms.SpecCode) INNER JOIN FAMILIES ON SPECIES.FamCode = FAMILIES.FamCode WHERE (FAMILIES.FamCode =SPECIES.FamCode) AND (synonyms.valid <> 0) And ((FAMILIES.FamCode)=285) ORDER BY species.genus, species.species Fish Identification
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Family: Dactylopteridae Flying gurnards

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Photo by Bogorodsky, S.V.

Indo-West Pacific, from s
Max. Length 25 cm SL
Dactyloptena gilberti Snyder, 1909

Photo by Bogorodsky, S.V.
Dactyloptena gilberti

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Dactyloptena macracantha (Bleeker, 1855)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
Dactyloptena macracantha
[Spotwing flying gurnard]

Photo by Yin, Robert

Max. Length 40 cm TL
Dactyloptena orientalis (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Yin, Robert
Dactyloptena orientalis
[Oriental flying gurnard]

Photo by CSIRO

Max. Length 22 cm TL
Dactyloptena papilio Ogilby, 1910

Photo by CSIRO
Dactyloptena papilio
[Butterfly flying-gurnard]

Photo by Khalaf, M.A.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 36 cm TL
Dactyloptena peterseni (Nyström, 1887)

Photo by Khalaf, M.A.
Dactyloptena peterseni
[Starry flying gurnard]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 9.5 cm SL
Dactyloptena tiltoni Eschmeyer, 1997

Photo by FAO
Dactyloptena tiltoni
[Plain helmet gurnard]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm SL
Dactylopterus volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Patzner, R.
Dactylopterus volitans
[Flying gurnard]

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Dactyloptena gilberti Indo-West Pacific, from s 25 SL 1909
Dactyloptena macracantha Spotwing flying gurnard Indo-West Pacific 30 TL 1855
Dactyloptena orientalis Oriental flying gurnard Indo-Pacific 40 TL 1829
Dactyloptena papilio Butterfly flying-gurnard Indo-Pacific 22 TL 1910
Dactyloptena peterseni Starry flying gurnard Indo-West Pacific 36 TL 1887
Dactyloptena tiltoni Plain helmet gurnard Western Pacific 9.5 SL 1997
Dactylopterus volitans Flying gurnard Eastern Atlantic 50 SL 1758

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