oriental flying gurnard

Scientific name Dactyloptena orientalis
Descriptor Cuvier
Year of description 1829
IUCN category LC
Family Dactylopteridae
Genus Dactyloptena
Dactyloptena orientalis Dactyloptena orientalis


Dactyloptena orientalis, commonly known as oriental flying gurnard, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    35 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    35 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize the oriental flying gurnard ?

The oriental flying gurnard measures between 20 and 35 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge and bleu body. The also has bleu ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The oriental flying gurnard is a fish solitary. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu

The oriental flying gurnard is a fish dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    26 - 30 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 100 m

Biotope presentation

The oriental flying gurnard is most often found at a depth between 1m and 100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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Bibliographic references

A non-digging zoobenthivorous fish attracts two opportunistic predatory fish associates - Alice Grossman - Neotrop. ichthyol. - 2005.

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