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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beloniformes
Family: Exocoetidae
Genus: Fodiator
D. S. Jordan & Meek, 1885

Fodiator is a genus of flying fishes.


Fodiator is derived from Latin- fodere meaning to dig or someone that digs.[1]


Fodiator live in marine climate reaching a max length of 19 centimeters. They can most easily be found in Baja California, Mexico, the Gulf of California to Peru, and the Clipperton and Galapagos Islands. Fodiator will rise to the surface of the water when the water becomes warm. They even have the ability to leap out of the water and glide in the air for long distances. To reproduce, these fish attach their eggs to small floating objects.[1]


There are currently two recognized species in this genus:[2]


  1. ^ a b "Fodiator rostratus: fisheries". fish base. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Fodiator in FishBase. June 2012 version.