Callionymus pelagicus Rafinesque, 1818
The flying gurnard, or helmet gurnard, (Dactylopterus volitans) is a fish of tropical to warm temperate waters on both sides of the Atlantic, found as far north as New Jersey and south as Brazil, and from the English Channel to Angola. They are also found on the island of Roatan, Honduras, and have been caught in New Zealand and in some parts of lower East Coast Australia.
When excited, the fish spreads its "wings", which are semi-transparent but tipped with a beautiful and phosphorescent bright blue coloration (designed to scare away predators). The fish also has large eyes.
- Helmet Gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans)
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Dactylopterus volitans" in FishBase. Dec 2007 version.