Slender snipefish

The Slender snipefish or snipefish, Macroramphosus gracilis, is a snipefish of the genus Macroramphosus, found worldwide at depths to 1148.29 ft (350 m). Its length is up to 5.91 in (15 cm).

The slender snipefish is a moderately elongated species with a tubular snout equal to about a fifth of the total body length. On the centrally placed first dorsal fin the second spine is thick and elongate, but not as long as in other similar species.

The color is red above, paler below.

They feed on bottom-living invertebrates, but may also pick individual animals from the plankton.

Illustration by Dr Tony Ayling