Also known as Brown Flying Gurnard, Common Helmut Gurnard, Flying Fish, Grunt Fish, Indo-Pacific Flying Gurnard, Oriental Flying Gurnard, Oriental Gurnard, Oriental Helmut Gurnard, Oriental Sea Robin, Purple Flying Gurnard, Sea Robin.
Found singly, blending in with their surroundings, or flying close to the bottom, in coastal waters.
They feed on clams, crustaceans, and small fish.
Length - 38cm
Depth - 1-100m
The Flying Gurnard has huge, round Pectoral fins. The fins are usually held against the body, but when threatened they can expand their wings (fins) to scare off a predator.
The pelvic fins act like legs as the fish walks along the bottom of the ocean. They also grunt. French term for the word Gurnard means to grunt. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Dactyloptena-orientalis.html