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Genus: Fistularia, Cornetfish, Cornetfishes

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body square
long tubular snout
D & A: short bases, near tail
C center: long filament





These medium sized fishes (70-160 cm), have an extremely elongate, square body; a very long tubular snout with a short oblique mouth at the end; chin without a barbell; minute teeth; no fin spines; dorsal fin sickle-shaped, at rear of body directly over the anal fin, which has same shape, each fin with 14-20 rays; 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.

A pantropical genus with four species. Two species are present in the Greater Caribbean, one circumtropical and one pan-Atlantic.