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Bluespotted Cornetfish, Fistularia commersonii

The bluespotted cornetfish can be found on the entire coastlines of the Western Atlantic, Western Africa, and Mediterranean Sea in depths up to 650 ft. This fish lives around sea grass flats and reefs where the sea bottom is soft and often swims alone.

The body of the bluespotted cornetfish is long, thin, brown in color, and covered with blue spots. Behind the forked tail it has a trailing filament that can be as long as the body itself, with the total length of this fish around 5.5 feet including the filament, which may have sensors to detect predators. It has extremely large eyes and a long tubular snout extending forward with a slanted mouth that contains very small teeth.

It feeds on variety of smaller fish, crustaceans, and small invertebrates (animals with no backbone).

Spawning of the bluespotted cornetfish peaks in August, but may occur in any month from May to October, in the open water. Fertilization is external, eggs are large, smooth textured, and circular measuring approximately ¾ of an inch in diameter. Larvae are ¼ inch when hatched.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Syngnathiformes

Family: Fistulariidae

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Bluespotted Cornetfish Fistularia commersonii