Bluespotted cornet fish
  • Fistularia commersonii
  • English Name : Bluespotted cornet fish
  • Local Name : Onugandu tholhi
  • Size : Common to 1m; max. 1.6 m
  • Family : Order : Specimen :
  • FISTULARIDAE Gasterosteiformes MRS/0056/86
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 15-17 rays. Anal fin with 14-16 (usually 15) rays. Ridges on snout with antrose serrations, the upper ridge diverging anteriorly. No bony plates along dorsal midline of body. Body extremely elongate and depressed, the width twice the depth. Snout long and tubular. Mouth small, caudal fin forked with trailing filament.
  • Colour: Greenish to brownish grey above, silvery below. Two blue stripes or rows of the blue spots on back.
  • Habitat and Biology: Ranges over reefs, sea grass beds and sand flats. Feeds on small fishes and shrimps.
  • Distribution: Circumtropical.
  • Remarks: Fistularia commersonii is a more active swimmer than other cornet fishes. This species was previously misidentified as F. petimba Lacepede, in the Catalogue of Fishes of the Maldives