Flying Gurnard Picture and Description

There are approximately 8 species of Dactylopterus in the family that all look similiar in appearance. Flying Gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans)is the only Dactylopterus species in the Mediterranean. Flying Gurnard have those characteristic purple areas at the back of the wings. another way to distinguish it is because it actually has two free spines before the dorsal fin that sit almost side by side.

Flying Gurnards occur in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean from England to Argentina. Flying Gurnards are found on sand, mud or over rocks in sandy areas. They move along the bottom with the fingerlike part of the pectoral fins. They feed on crustaceans, clams and small fishes.

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