flying gurnard

Scientific name Dactylopterus volitans
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Dactylopteridae
Genus Dactylopterus
Dactylopterus volitans Dactylopterus volitans


Dactylopterus volitans, commonly known as flying gurnard, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    38 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    38 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize the flying gurnard ?

The flying gurnard measures between 38 and 50 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, bleu, orange, marron and beige body. The also has marron mottling.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

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

Although the flying gurnard is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The flying gurnard is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

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

Where to find it?

Where to see this species?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    13 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 100 m

Biotope presentation

The 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.

Species of the same biotope

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Adrien Falzon

Adrien Falzon

Benoit Chartrer

Benoit Chartrer


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