Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Beloniformes > Family: Exocoetidae > Genus: Exocoetus > Species: Exocoetus volitans

Blue flying fish - Exocoetus volitans Linnaeus, 1758

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Blue flying fish English Fishbase
Chelidonópsaro Greek Fishbase
Esoceto volante Italian Fishbase
Exocet volant French Fishbase
Fliegender Fisch German Fishbase
Flugfiskur Icelandic Fishbase
Flygefisk Norwegian Fishbase
Flygfisk Swedish Fishbase
Flyvefisk Danish Fishbase
Liitokala Finnish Fishbase
Linne's flying fish English Fishbase
Lisa voladora Spanish Fishbase
Peixe-voador Portuguese Fishbase
Pesce volante Italian Fishbase
Peste zburator Romanian Fishbase
Pez volador Spanish Fishbase
Pez volador común Spanish Fishbase
Poisson volant French Fishbase
Poletaš Slovenian Fishbase
Poletusa Serbian Fishbase
Ptaszor Polish Fishbase
Större flygfisk Swedish Fishbase
Tropical two-wing flyingfish English Fishbase
Uçan balik Turkish Fishbase
Vligende vis Dutch Fishbase
Volador Spanish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Exocoetus evolans Linnaeus, 1766
Halocypselus evolans (Linnaeus, 1766)
Exocoetus volans Solander, 1846
Exocaetus volans Solander, 1846
Exocoetus volitans vagabundus Whitley, 1937
Exocoetus commersonnii Lacepède, 1803
Exocaetus commersonnii Lacepède, 1803
Exocoetus commersonii Lacepède, 1803
Exocetus volitans Linnaeus, 1758
Exocaetus volitans Linnaeus, 1758

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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