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Family: AULOSTOMIDAE, Trumpetfishes


All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

body elongate, compressed
D1 VIII-XIII (isolated)
D2 & A 21-25
C rounded
chin: short barbel

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FAMILY AULOSTOMIDAE

TRUMPETFISHES

Medium sized fishes (~ 80 cm); body very elongate, somewhat compressed; head strongly compressed; snout very long, tubular; barbel on chin; no teeth on top jaw, tiny teeth on lower jaw; 1st dorsal fin with VIII-XIII small, isolated spines; 2nd dorsal and anal fins with 21-25 rays; pelvic fins well behind pectorals, short but reach anus; soft dorsal and anal opposite at rear of body, fins similar in shape and relatively high; narrow tail base; tail fin rounded; scales small, rough.

This small circumtropical family contains three species in a single genus; one endemic species in our region.

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER FRISTCHE (2002)