Cornetfish

Cornetfish

Cornetfish/Flutemouth

Family

Other names for the cornetfish, not to be confused with the needlefish, from the Fistulariidae family are the flutefish or trumpetfish. Its greenish to grey body is what is called ‘elongate’ and cylindrical, standing for stretched and long. The snout is exceptionally long, ending in a tiny mouth. The cornetfish is perfectly built to dig and poke in corals in order to find small fish and crustaceans. It isn’t uncommon for ‘Fistulariidaens’  to appear in large congregations, navigating near coral reefs, sand flats and occasionally in the open sea. It is used to poke in madrepores and corals, searching for food such as tiny fish and crustaceans.

Family Members

Cornetfish/Flutemouth

Size up to 150 cm (4,9ft).  Depth up to 100m (328ft)

The very slender and elongate body of the cornetfish, also known as the flutemouth, is characteristic for the family members.

The cornetfish comes in a colour mixture of olive green and silvery. It can change this bi-colour for camouflaging purposes and responding to external changes. It’s activity isn’t restricted to the day only.

The cornetfish lives in habitats rich in hard corals; from the surface to bottoms at a depth of 100 meters. It feeds on small fish, crustaceans and tiny sorts of octopus, swallowing them as a whole. It does this single or in smaller groups.