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Species: Aulostomus chinensis, Chinese trumpetfish, Pacific trumpetfish

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very elongate, compressed
D1: VIII-XIII isolated spines
D2&A small, at rear
C: rounded
snout tubular, compressed

Aulostomus chinensis (Linnaeus, 1766)

Pacific trumpetfish, Chinese trumpetfish

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.

Color variable, usually brown to grey-brown above, with diffuse pale stripes and bars on the sides and rear body with a broad blackish bar between the soft dorsal and anal fins; at times completely yellow; an elongate black on side of lower jaw; a black spot at front of soft dorsal fin; a black spot at the top and bottom of the base of the tail fin; no row of small black dots along upper back.

Size: 80 cm.

Habitat: rocky reefs.

Depth: 3-120 m.

An Indo-Pacific species; the tip of Baja, Panama to Ecuador and all the oceanic islands.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
Regional Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 80
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 120