Oxyporhamphus micropterus

Common Name

Smallwing Flyingfish

Year Described

Valenciennes, 1847


Dorsal Fin: 13-15
Anal Fin: 14-15
Pectoral Fin: 11-13
Pelvic Fin: 6
Gill Rakers: 30-36 (first arch)

Lower jaw not elongate at any size. Pectoral fins very long and tips reach pelvic fin base. Caudal fin with enlarged lower lobe.


Body bright silvery with an olive back. Lateral stripe silvery. Pectoral fin dark.


Maximum size to 185mm TL.


An offshore oceanic species.


North Carolina to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Caribbean Sea.


Collette, B.B. 2002. Hemiramphidae (pp 1135-1144). In: Carpenter. 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 2: Bony fishes part 1 (Acipenseridae-Grammatidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5.

McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.

Other Notes

The W. Atlantic population has been given the names Oxyporhamphus micropterus similis. It is transitional in form between a flyingfish (Exocoetidae) and a halfbeak (Hemiramphidae) and has been moved between these two families. Genetic evidence is needed.