Fistularia tabacaria

Fistularia tabacaria
Bluespotted Cornetfish – Fistularia tabacaria
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
FistulariidaeFistularia tabacariaLinnaeus1758Bluespotted 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.

Fistularia tabacaria

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.

Fistularia petimba
Red Cornetfish – Fistularia petimba