The Tropical Two-Wing Flying Fish has a dark blue-black back and upper sides, and is silver and white below. It is characterized by a snout that is shorter in length than the diameter of its eyes, short pelvic fins, and very long pectoral fins. Its fins are generally pale to slightly dusky in color.
The Tropical Two-Wing Flying Fish can be easily confused with the Barbel Flying Fish, Exocoetus monocirrhus (grey caudal fin, dark pectoral fins with clear margins). The Tropical Two-Wing Flying Fish is a coastal pelagic species that reaches a maximum length of 12 inches.