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Species: Fistularia corneta, Deepwater cornetfish, Pacific cornetfish

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

head slender
between eyes - wide, smooth
back orange
D, A & C reddish
C filament short, dark
D 17-20; A 16-19

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 short central filament; body of juveniles covered with small spines; 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 and the Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Water column
  • Beach
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • Carnivore
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 70
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 50