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CAAB: 37233008

Species Cheilopogon pinnatibarbatus (Bennett, 1831)

Tallfin Flyingfish, Great Flying Fish, Great Flying-fish, Larger Flying Fish, Larger Flyingfish, Tallfin Flying Fish, White-banded Flying-fish


Miscellaneous Literature Names




New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Off Swains Reef, QLD (21°S) to off Port Kembla, NSW (34°32S), and off Adelaide, SA to North West Shelf, WA; tropical, temperate, circumglobal; form from Australia and New Zealand recognised as distinct subspecies C. p. melanocerus.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Central Eastern Province (12), Central Eastern Transition (15), Northeast Province (18), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Central Western Transition (5), Central Western Province (6), Southwest Transition (7)

Ecological Descriptors

Continental shelf, oceanic, pelagic.

Extra Ecological Information

Depth range: 0-200 m.


General References

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Families Exocoetidae, Hemiramphidae, Scomberesocidae. pp. 383-393 figs 343-351 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. [386]

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Exocoetidae. pp. 402-405 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [404]

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part I. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 1–144 [106] (as Cypselurus melanocercus and C. altipennis)

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [59] (418, as Cypselurus altipennis and p. 58, 411, as Cypselurus melanocercus)

Parin, N.V. 1973. Family Exocoetidae. pp. 263-267 in Hureau, J.-C. & Monod, T. (eds). Checklist of the Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and of the Mediterranean (CLOFNAM). Paris : UNESCO Vol. 1 683 pp. (taxonomy, recognizing six subspecies, including C. p. altipennis from the southern Indian Ocean and C. p. melanocercus from eastern Australia and New Zealand)

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 pp. [332]

Paxton, J.R., J.E. Gates, D.F. Hoese & D.J. Bray 2006. Exocoetidae. pp. 723-731 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [726]

Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. 2015. Family Exocoetidae. pp. 954-964 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152. [959]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [39] (592, as Cypsillurus melanocercus; 593, as Exonautes katoptron)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
29-Mar-2018 BELONIFORMES 12-Mar-2018 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED