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P. hillianus
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beloniformes
Family: Exocoetidae
Subfamily: Parexocoetinae
Bruun, 1935
Genus: Parexocoetus
Bleeker, 1865
Type species
Exocoetus mento
Valenciennes, 1847[1]

Parexocoetus is a genus of flying fishes. They are found in the tropical and subtropical western Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans. It is the only genus in the subfamily Parexocoetinae which is unique among the flying fishes in having a jaw which is very protrusible and having a joint situated between the cranium and the shoulder girdle which allows the head to be more maneuverable than in other lineages of this family.[2]


Three recognized species are in this genus:[3]


  1. ^ Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Parexocoetus". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  2. ^ J. S. Nelson; T. C. Grande; M. V. H. Wilson (2016). Fishes of the World (5th ed.). Wiley. p. 366. ISBN 978-1-118-34233-6.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). Species of Parexocoetus in FishBase. June 2012 version.