6 photos - 1 species


 There are 2 genera with 7 species.

They live in the Mediterranean, the tropical Indo-Pacific and the Atlantic.

They have wing-like pectoral fins, but although their name says so, they cannot fly with them.

Dactylopterus volitans

Flying gurnard or Helmet gurnard

 Maximum length: 32 cm

Depth: 6 - 100 m +

A spectacular species when it spreads its wings,

but otherwise well camouflaged lying on the ground and partially buried.

Photos 1 + 2 Johnny: Bonaire Caribbean

Photos 3 + 4 Johnny: Lembeh Strait North Sulawesi

Photos 5 + 6 Astrid: Bangka Island North Sulawesi