IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: cornetfish (English), corneta (Espanol)
Fistularia corneta Gilbert & Starks, 1904

Deepwater cornetfish,     Pacific cornetfish

Extremely elongate, depressed body; a very long tubular snout with a short oblique mouth at the end;  snout and jaws relatively slender; between eyes relatively wide (6.2-8.6% of snout length), depressed, smooth with ridges only near eyes; top ridge on snout smooth, side ridge with weak serrations; minute teeth; no fin spines; dorsal fin sickle-shaped, at rear of body directly over the anal fin, which has same shape;  dorsal rays 17-20; anal rays 16-19; pectoral rays 15-18; pelvics on abdomen, well behind pectorals; a forked tail fin with a long central filament; body of juveniles covered with small spines; adults of some species with a row of bony plates in front of dorsal and anal fins; lateral line arched at front half of body, continues out onto tail filament.

Orange to brown above, sometimes with brown or black blotches; bases of dorsal and anal fins orange; dorsal, anal and tail fins pinkish, tail filament dark.

Size: 70 cm.

Habitat: demersal, soft and hard bottoms, including estuaries.

Depth: 0-50 m.

Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru, the Revillagigedos, Cocos, Malpelo and the Galapagos.


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