|Family||Scientific Name||Author||Year||Common Name|
|Fistulariidae||Fistularia tabacaria||Linnaeus||1758||Bluespotted Cornetfish|
All Fistularia – Body elongate (to 2 m) and depressed. Mouth small at end of elongate snout; teeth on jaws small. Dorsal and anal fins short-based and opposite, with 14-16 segmented (soft) rays. Pelvic fins small and abdominal, with 6 rays. Lateral line arched anteriorly almost to middle of back, posteriorly continuing out onto elongate filament produced by the middle 2 caudal-fin rays.
Unique Characters: No elongate bony plates along midline of back; posterior lateral-line ossifications without a spine. Rows of blue spots on back.
Similar Species: Red Cornetfish Fistularia petimba. Elongate bony plates imbedded in skin along midline of back; posterior lateral-line ossifications ending in a sharp spine. Immaculate red or brown above.